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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

315.443.5038

wefranit@syr.edu


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.

Education

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

Courses

Undergraduate

  • 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

Graduate

  • 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

Books

  • Godefridus Schalcken; A Dutch Painter in Late Seventeenth-Century London

    Godefridus Schalcken; A Dutch Painter in Late Seventeenth-Century London

    Godefridus Schalcken; A Dutch Painter in Late Seventeenth-Century London, by Wayne Franits, Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2018, 288 pp., 86 color illus.

  • The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century

    The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century

    The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth-Century, by Wayne Franits, New York/ London: Routledge, 2016, xx + 478 pp., 91 black-and-white illus.

  • Johannes Vermeer

    Johannes Vermeer

    Johannes Vermeer: (Grove Art Essentials), by Wayne Franits, Oxford University Press (April, 1, 2016), NOOK Book (4 Mb), ISBN-13: 9780190297985

  • Vermeer

    Vermeer

    Vermeer, by Wayne Franits, London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2015, 352 pp., 124 color illus.

  • The Paintings of Dirck van Baburen (ca. 1592/93–1624): Catalogue Raisonné

    The Paintings of Dirck van Baburen (ca. 1592/93–1624): Catalogue Raisonné

    The Paintings of Dirck van Baburen ca. 1592/93-1624: Catalogue Raisonné, by Wayne Franits, Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2013, xx, 388 pp., 114 black-and-white illus., 15 color illus.

  • The Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588–1629): Catalogue raisonné

    The Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588–1629): Catalogue raisonné

    The Paintings of Hendrick ter Brugghen 1588-1629: Catalogue Raisonné, by Wayne Franits, [Co-author with Leonard J. Slatkes], Amsterdam/ Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007, xix + 468 pp., 204 black-and-white illus., 17 color illus.

  • Pieter de Hooch: A Woman Preparing Bread and Butter for a Boy

    Pieter de Hooch: A Woman Preparing Bread and Butter for a Boy

    Pieter de Hooch: A Woman Preparing Bread and Butter for a Boy (Getty Museum Studies of Art), by Wayne Franits, Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006, 86 pp., 24 black-and-white illus., 34 color illus.

  • Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution

    Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution

    Dutch Seventeenth-Century Genre Painting: Its Stylistic and Thematic Evolution, by Wayne Franits, London/ New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004, viii + 328 pp., 166 black-and-white illus., 70 color illus.

  • The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer

    The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer

    The Cambridge Companion to Vermeer, by Wayne E. Franits (Editor) Cambridge/ New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001, xxiv + 241 pp., 103 black-and-white illus., fold-out map. An edited collection of 10 reprinted and new essays concerning the art and life of Johannes Vermeer (1632-75); published in hardback and paperback simultaneously.

  • Looking at Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art: Realism Reconsidered

    Looking at Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art: Realism Reconsidered

    Looking at Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting; Realism Reconsidered, by Wayne Franits (editor), Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997, xviii + 274 pp., 122 black-and-white illus. An edited collection of 14 reprinted and new essays addressing problems of realism, meaning and interpretation in seventeenth-centuryDutch painting.

  • Paragons of Virtue: Women and Domesticity in 17th Century Dutch Art

    Paragons of Virtue: Women and Domesticity in 17th Century Dutch Art

    Paragons of Virtue; Women and Domesticity in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, by Wayne Franits, Cambridge/ New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993, xx + 271 pp., 172 black-and-white illus.

Recent Essays

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

Wayne Franits "'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