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Wayne Franits

Wayne Franits

Distinguished Professor of Art History | Interim Director of Graduate Studies in Art History
Art & Music Histories

308 B Bowne Hall

Research and Teaching Interests

Wayne Franits is a specialist in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. His extensive publications have explored a variety of topics within the field, ranging from genre painting and portraiture to the work of the Dutch followers of Caravaggio. Franits's courses, particularly those on the M.A. level, tend to be tied to his research interests. Most recently, Franits has published books the early seventeenth-century Dutch painter, Dirck van Baburen (2013), on Vermeer (2015) and The Ashgate Resaerch Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century (2016). And he is currently conducting research on the late seventeenth-century Dutch painter, Godefridus Schalcken (1643-1706).His findings appeared in an essay in the catalogue of a comprehensive exhibition on Schalcken, held at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, Germany and the Dordrechts Museum in Dordrecht, The Netherlands in 2015-16. He is currently preparing a book on Schalcken's London period, 1692-1696.


Ph. D. Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1987

M. A. Art History, Queens College, City University of New York, 1981

B. A. Art History, State University of New York @ Stonybrook, 1978


Paper Arts in the Low Countries, 1400-1700
Baroque Art in Northern Europe
Baroque Art in Southern Europe
Art in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting
Problems of Meaning and Interpretation in Northern European Art, 1400-1700
Paper Arts in the Low Countries, 1400-1700
Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting
Vermeer and Dutch Genre Painting
Rembrandt and His Workshop
Caravaggio and Caravaggism in Europe
Art & Patronage in England, 1558-1702

Recent Essays

"Hendrick ter Brugghen’s Paintings of the Crucifixion in New York and Turin and the Problem of His Early Chronology," Journal of the Historians of  Netherlandish Art 9 no. 1 (2017), posted electronically.

"'Een zeer beroemde Hollandse kunstenaar'. Schalcken in Engeland, 1692-1696," in: exhib. cat. Schalcken: kunstenaar van het verleiden, Dordrecht, Dordrechts Museum, 2016, pp. 36-49.

"Schalcken in London; Self-Portraiture as Self Promotion," Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch 77 (2016), pp. 19-42.

"Introduction," in: The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth-Century, ed. W. Franits, New York/ London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 1-10.

"Introduction," in: Ludwig Goldscheider, Vermeer; Phaidon Classics Edition, London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2016, pp. 7-10.

Recent Awards, Honors, Grants

2014 American Philosophical Society, for research on the London period of the late seventeenth-century Dutch painter, Godefridus Schalcken.

2010: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, for a book-length monographic study and catalogue raisonne of the paintings of the early seventeenth century Dutch master Dirck van Baburen.