Martha Hollander

Curriculum Vitae


University of California, Berkeley. M.A. History of Art, 1985; Ph.D. Art History, 1990
Yale University, B.A. Art History, 1980


Hofstra University.   1994-
University of California, Los Angeles.  Visiting Associate Professor, Winter/Spring 2002
University at Albany.   Visiting Assistant Professor, 1993-94
School of Visual Arts.  Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring 1993
Pratt Institute.   Visiting Assistant Professor,  Fall 1991.
Yale University.   Visiting Lecturer,  Spring 1991.
Parsons School of Design.   Instructor,  1990-91.

Research in Progress

The Digital Van Mander. An online edition and translation of Karel Van Mander’s “Foundation of the Noble Free Art of Painting.”

Fashioning Manhood in The Dutch Golden Age. Book.


BOOK    An Entrance for the Eyes: Space and Meaning in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art

Reviews of the book
Renaissance Quarterly
Sixteenth Century Journal
Seventeenth-Century News
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


“Adriaen van de Venne’s Cavalier at a Dressing Table: Masculinity and Parody in 17th-century Holland.” New Perspectives in Early Modern Northern European Genre Imagery. Ed. Arthur J. Di Furia. London: Routledge, 2016, 131-59.

“Men of Saturn: Styling ‘Bohemian’ Melancholy in the Seventeenth Century.” Mostly Modern: Essays on Art and Architecture. Ed. Joseph Masheck. Stockbridge, MA: Hard Press Editions. 2015, 168-78.

“Vermeer’s Robe: Costume, Commerce, and Fantasy in the Early Modern Netherlands.” Dutch Crossing 35 (2011), 177–95.

“Éspace, lumière, ordonnance : les tableaux de Pieter de Hooch.” Septentrion: Arts Lettre et Culture de Flandre et des Pays-Bas 2, Rekkem, 2008: Ons Erfdeel, 17-23

“Losses of Face:  Rembrandt, Masaccio and the Drama of Shame.”  Social Research 70 (2003), 1327-50.

“Pieter De Hooch’s Revisions of the Amsterdam Town Hall.” The Built Surface: Architecture and Pictures from Antiquity to the Millennium. Christy Anderson and Karen Koehler, eds.   Ashgate Press, 2002, 203-225.

“Space, Light, Order:  The Paintings of Pieter De Hooch.”  The Low Countries: Art and Society in Flanders and the Netherlands 9 (2001), 108-115.

“Public and Private Life in the Art of Pieter De Hooch.” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 51 (2000), 273-923.

“Baroque Aesthetics.”  The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.  Michael Kelly, ed.  Oxford University Press, 1998.

8 entries, An Encyclopedia of Dutch Art.    Sheila D. Muller, ed.  Garland Publishing, 1997.

“The Divided Household of Nicolaes Maes,” Word & Image 10 (April-June 1994), 138-155.

“Vermeer’s Empty Room.”  Raritan  10 (Fall 1990), 1-17.

“Brancusi and Humor,” American  Romanian Academy Journal  8-9 (Sept. 1986), 277-95.


“Water S. Melion, Bret Rothstein, and Michel Weemans, eds. The Anthropomorphic Lens: Anthropomorphism, Microcosmism and Analogy in Early Modern Thought and Visual Arts.Renaissance Quarterly 69:1 (Spring 2016), 255-56.

“Christopher P. Heuer, The City Rehearsed: Object, Architecture and Print in the Worlds of Jan Vredeman De Vries.” Oxford Art Journal 34 (March 2011), 129-131.
“Holm Bevers and Peter Schatborn, eds. Drawings by Rembrandt and His Pupils: Telling the Difference.” Seymour Slive. Rembrandt Drawings.” Renaissance Quarterly 63 (Fall 2010), 983-986.
“Harry Berger, Jr., Manhood, Marriage and Mischief: Rembrandt’s ‘Night Watch’ and Other Dutch Group Portraits.” Renaissance Quarterly 61 (Fall 2008), 972-3.
“Lisa Rosenthal, Gender, Politics and Allegory in the Art of Rubens.” (May 27, 2008)
“Herman Roodenburg, The Eloquence of Body:  Perspectives on Gesture in the Dutch Republic.” Sehepunkte 6 (2006), No. 7.
“H. Rodney Nevitt Jr. Art and the Culture of Love in Seventeenth-Century Holland.”Sehepunkte 4 (2004), No. 6.
“Wayne E. Franits, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer.”  HNA Review of Books, November 2002.
“Celeste Brusati, Artifice and Illusion:  The Art and Writing of Samuel van Hoogstraten.”  HNA Newsletter,  April 1996
“Wayne E. Franits, Paragons of Virtue: Women and Domesticity in 17th-Century Dutch Art and Worcester Art Museum, Judith Leyster: A Dutch Master and Her World.” Art Bulletin  76 (Sept. 1994), 541-44.


“The Digital van Mander: Translating the Foundation of the Noble Free Art of Painting online.” Renaissance Society of America, March 2017.

“Teaching Art History with Mobile Digital Technology.” Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the Age of the Internet. NYU Center for the Humanities, September 27, 2016.

Netherlandish Art: Engraving, Ornament, Glass, Costume. Renaissance Society of America, March 31, 2016. Panel chair.

“The Digital Van Mander: An Online Translation of Karel van Mander’s “Foundation of the Noble Free Art of Painting.” Sixteenth-Century Studies, October 23, 2015.

“Metsu’s Naked Self-Portrait.” Renaissance Society of America, March 27, 2015

“The Imaginary Museum: A Digital Approach to the Art History Classroom.” Collaborating Digitally: Engaging Students in Faculty Research, Bucknell University, November 14 2014.

Panelist and Commentator, “Vermeer’s Daughter?” Symposium, New York Institute for the Humanities, May 18, 2013.

“Royals at Play: Fantasy and Nostalgia in Adriaen Van de Venne’s Album.” Sixteenth-Century Studies, October 27, 2013

“The Digital van Mander.” Digital Thinking/Critical Thinking: Building the Humanities at Hofstra. October 24, 2013

“Men of Saturn: Styling Melancholy in the 17th century.” Mostly Modern: A Symposium-Festschrift for Joseph Masheck’s 70th Birthday. Hofstra University, January 21, 2012

Adriaen Van de Venne’s Cavalier at a Dressing Table: Masculinity and Parody in Seventeenth-Century Holland.” Renaissance Society of America, March 2011

“Vermeer’s Robe Revisited: Costume, Commerce, and Fantasy in Early
Modern Holland.” American Association of Netherlandic Studies, UC.L.A., June 2010

“Smoke, Linen, and Disorder: The Costume of Melancholy in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art.” Renaissance Society of America, Venice, April 2010

“Adriaen van de Venne’s Album: Style at the Dutch Court 1621-42.”
Material & Visual Cultures of Dress in European Courts (1400-1815). Versailles Palace, June 4-6 2009

“Rembrandt’s Undone Collar: Art, Manliness and Disarray.”  American Association for Netherlandic Studies,  Chapel Hill, June 2008

“Mars Asleep: Discarded Swords, Masculinity and Military Culture in Seventeenth-century Dutch Art.”  Renaissance Society of America, Miami, March 2007

“Vermeer’s Robe: Status and Myth in Images of Seventeenth-Century Dutch Learned Men.”  College Art Association Conference, Boston, February 2006

Session Chair,  “Art and Shame.” College Art Association Conference, February 2005.

“Rembrandt’s Susannas and the Theater of Shame.”   Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference,  October 2004

“Rembrandt, Masaccio and the Drama of Shame,”  University of New Hampshire, Durham, October 2003

“Allegory and Diagram in the 17th-Century Dutch Interior.”  Symposium on 17th-Century Dutch Visual Culture,  Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, 2002

“The Iconography of Brass Instruments in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art.”
Annual Congress of the Historic Brass Society, University of Connecticut, July 2000

“Pieter de Hooch and The Invention of Privacy in 17th century Dutch Art.”
College Art Association Conference, February  1998

“Private Pursuits in a Public Space: Pieter De Hooch’s Revisions of the Amsterdam Town Hall.” Conference on Genre Painting, UCLA, May 1997

“Karel van Mander’s Doorsien:  The Heritage of Netherlandish Space.”
Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, October 1996

“Vermeer’s Empty Room.” New York Studio School Lecture Series, November 1994.

“Meditations on the Limits of Painting:  The Niche Pictures of Gerard Dou.”
College Art Association Conference, February 1992

“A Look Into the Empty Room: Vermeer and the Structure of Space.”
College Art Association Conference, February  1990.



Millard Meiss Foundation Publication Award, College Art Association, 1999
Presidential Research Award, Hofstra University, 1997, 1999
Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship University of California at Berkeley, 1989


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