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Catherine Levesque

Office: Andrews Hall: Suite 210B
Phone: (757) 221-2536
Email: [[cmleve]]
Areas of Specialization: Dutch Baroque Art, Netherlandish Art, Italian Renaissance Art

Professor Levesque who received her PhD from Columbia University specializes in Early Modern European Art. Her teaching covers a range of geographies and topics within this field and frequently addresses themes such as, mediality, “art” and “science”, visual communication, and the power of images.  Her research centers on Netherlandish, Dutch, and Flemish visual culture and has mostly focused on landscape and its representation.  Her book, Journey Through Landscape in Seventeenth-Century Holland: The Haarlem Print Series and Dutch Identity examines the role of print culture—atlases, maps, composite prints, political prints, and illustrated histories—in providing a framework for subsequent developments in printed landscape series and, still later, paintings.  This approach—analyzing a work’s media and making in dialogue with the wider culture—is also evident in other of her publications such as those on Pieter Bruegel, Gilles van Coninxloo, Joos de Momper, Rembrandt van Rijn and Hercules Segers. Her current project, Worked and Waste: Jacob van Ruisdael’s Ecological Landscapes examines the significance of the gap between the artist’s pictures and the lived landscape. In the past she has received fellowships from The Center For Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts and the Getty for her work.

Selected Works by Catherine Levesque

CV [pdf]