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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Wayne Franits

Franits portrait

Distinguished Professor

Art History

Art and Music Histories

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

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

'Keine Mühe der Welt gleicht dem Studium': Rembrandt und die Bildkonvention des Gelehrten in der niederländischen Genremalerei

"'Keine Mühe der Welt gleicht dem Studium': Rembrandt und die Bildkonvention des Gelehrten in der niederländischen Genremalerei," in exhib. cat. Inside Rembrandt 1606-1669, Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, 2019-20, pp. 29-41 (co-authored with Laura E. Thiel-Convery).

Vie domestique et représentation de l'intimité en peinture.

"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"

"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

"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.

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.

News articles

Sparking Dialogue

(Jan. 14, 2020)

Professor Wayne Franits, Professor Joan Bryant and Julia Jessen G'20 curate exhibitions.

Art Historian Appointed Distinguished Professor

(Feb. 1, 2017)

Syracuse University recognizes professor Franits for his tremendous scholarly contributions and intellectual leadership

Art Historian Lectures on Dutch Genre Painting in the Hague

(Jan. 9, 2017)

Wayne Franits shared his expertise in 17th-century Dutch art this past December

Scholarly Detective Work Uncovers Piece by 17th-Century Artist

(Oct. 27, 2015)

Wayne Franits lends drawing, expertise on Dutch painter Godefridus Schalcken

Syracuse Art Historian Publishes Book on Vermeer

(April 15, 2015)

Professor Wayne Franits provides fresh insight into 17th-century Dutch master

Professors Franits, Fadda-Conrey earn NEH summer stipends

(April 13, 2010)

Award supports two months of writing, research