Welcome to Claudia Swan, the inaugural Mark S. Weil Professor of Art History
Professor Swan (PhD Columbia University) has joined our department after teaching for eighteen years in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. She studies northern European visual culture 1400-1700, especially that of the Dutch Republic, and has special interests in art and science, the history of collecting, art historiography, the graphic arts, and the interdisciplinary study of the material history of art. "Professor Swan brings a remarkable array of interests both within the art histories of the early modern European world, and also in the connected arenas of science, global trade, politics, national identities, economics, and the vast field of the history of ideas of imagination. It is a great pleasure for us to welcome her to Washington University this spring, and we all look forward to working with her here in St Louis for years to come," writes Professor Elizabeth Childs, Etta & Mark Steinberg Professor of Art History, and chair of the department.