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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. In recent years, Franits has published books on the early seventeenth-century Dutch painter, Dirck van Baburen (2013), on Johannes Vermeer (2015), on Godefridus Schalcken (2018) as well as The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century (2016). He is currently pursuing research on late seventeenth-century art collections in English country houses and the portrayal of scholars in Dutch genre painting, the latter for an essay for the catalogue of an exhibition to be held in Cologne and Prague in 2020.


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

"Vie domestique et représentation de l'intimité en peinture." in: Dictionnaire des Pays-Bas au siècle d'or, ed. Catherine Secretan and Willem Frijhoff. Paris: CNRS Editions, 2018, pp. 738-40.

"Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting," in: The Cambridge Companion to the Dutch Golden Age, ed. H. Helmers and Gert Janssen, Cambridge/ New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp. 268-88.

"A New Painting by Dirck van Baburen," in: The Primacy of the Image: Festschrift for Larry Silver, ed. D. Cashion et al., Leiden: Brill, 2017, pp. 463-73.

"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

2017 Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London), subvention to underwrite the production costs of publication for Godefridus Schalcken; A Dutch Painter in Late Seventeenth-Century London, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press.

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