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Eshkol Tower, Floor 17
Room 1706

Duck_inv_029.jpg Jacob Duck, Soldier with a Girl, c.​1655-60,  Oil on copper, 15.5x13.2 cm, CambridgeFitzwilliam Museum
Senior Lecturer

Main Research Areas
Netherlandish Art 
Painting in the Dutch Golden Age
Genre Painting
Martialism in Early Modern Art
History of Photography
Israeli Photography 
Israeli Art​
  • Personal Information

    Ph.D                2003    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Dissertation: “Jacob Duck and the ‘Guardroom’ Painters: Minor Masters as Inventors in 17th century Dutch Genre Painting”. Supervisors: Prof. Bianca Kühnel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Prof. Eric Jan Sluijter, Universiteit van Amsterdam 

    M.A.                1997    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    Thesis: "The 17th century Dutch Guardroom Painters" (Hebrew). Supervisor: Prof. Bianca Kühnel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    B. A.               1995    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (cum laude)     


    Professional Affiliation

    2012-             Senior Lecturer, Department of Art History, University of Haifa.

    2006-2012     Lecturer, Department of Art History, University of Haifa.

    2003-2006     Instructor, Department of Art History, University of Haifa.

    1996-2003     Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Art History, The Hebrew           ​​              

                            University of Jerusalem.                     

    1999-2003     Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Art History, Ben-Gurion University, 

                            Beer Sheba.

    2001-2003     Adjunct Lecturer, Department of History and Theory, Bezalel Academy

                             for Art and Design, Jerusalem.

    1999                Adjunct Lecturer in the Jerusalem Extension of Bretton Hall College of

                             the University of Leeds.

  • Courses
    Dutch Painting of the Golden Age

    In the 17th-century Holland became an independent entity after relieving itself from Spanish rule. In this period the Dutch enjoyed an unprecedented economical and cultural prosperity in which the school of painting played a major role. The course will review the roots, the development and characteristics and the leading figures of this school: Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Vermeer, who have a lasting influence on Western art.

    Rubens and the Flemish Baroque

    The 16th century Low Countries were engulfed in a bitter war between Catholics and Protestants. Only in the beginning of the 17th century the conditions were ripe for a renewed cultural flourishing and the age of Baroque began. This period saw a revitalized Flemish School of painting led by Peter Paul Rubens whose art and personality were renowned all over Europe. This course will examine and analyze the art of the greatest masters of the Flemish Baroque – Rubens, Van Dyck, Jordaens and others.

    The Renaissance in Northern Europe

    Northern Europe of the 15th and 16th Centuries experienced an unprecedented economical and cultural flowering. It was also a period of religious strife between Catholics and Protestants. Few of the most talented artists in western art history worked north of the Alps in this period, among them Albrecht Dürer, Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel. This course will survey and analyze the art created in northern Europe of his period on the background of historical and cultural developments.

    The Rococo

    The Rococo style flowered in the 18th century and is associated mainly with the court of King Louis IX of France. The course will focus on this style characterized by lightheartedness and a tendency for the decorative and will critically survey the works of the leading artists of the period: Watteau, Fragonard, Chardin, Boucher, Reynolds, Gainsborough and others.

    History of Photography

    The invention of photography in the mid-19th century brought to the world a new medium. Immediately after its invention people took the camera and began documenting their surroundings and had to deal with brand new technical and esthetic dilemmas. Photography became a major medium of the modern experience which has enormous influence on our imagery. In our meetings we will follow the development of photography as art and examine its interrelationship with other media

    Israeli Photography

    Photography and Zionism appeared almost together in the middle of the 19th century, and the Zionist ethos was shaped to a large extent by photographers. The course will survey and analyze the photographs recording the Zionist enterprise before and after the establishment of the state of Israel, the different currents in Israeli photography and the radical changes it experienced in the last decades. 

  • Publications

    Authored Books

    Soldiers at Leisure: The Guardroom Scene in Dutch Genre Painting of the Golden 
    Age, Amsterdam University Press (AUP), Amsterdam, 2010.

              ISBN 978 90 8964 204 2

    Baroque and Rococo: European Art of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,

                Forthcoming in Ra'anana, The Open University of Israel. (Hebrew) 


    Articles in Refereed Journals

    "The P6 Group and Critical Landscape Photography in Israel", Journal of Israeli

                History 35, no. 1, 2013, pp. 75-86.

     "An Unknown Painting by Pieter de Hooch", Oud-Holland 124, no. 2/3, 2011,

                pp. 171-174.

    "The Soldier Seen from Behind: Pieter Potter and the Migration of a Motif",

              Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies (CJNS) 31, no. 2, 2010, pp. 45-64.

    "The End of Consensus: The Crisis of the 1980s and the Turning Point in Israeli     

    Photography", Journal of Modern Jewish Studies (JMJS) 9, no. 3, 2010,

    pp. 327-347.

    "The Guardroom Scene: A Visual Source for Rembrandt's Nightwatch", Source,

    Notes in the History of Art 28, no. 4, 2009, pp. 32-39.

    "Masculinity Pacified: Women as Mothers in the Guardroom Scenes of Anthonie

    Palamedes (1602-1673)", De Zeventiende Eeuw 24, no. 2, 2008, pp. 181-


    "Adonis in Jerusalem: Rubens, Snyders and the Dynamics of Collaboration",

    Revue Belge d'Archéologie et d'Histoire de l'Art 77, 2008, pp. 91-100.

    "The Zionist Renaissance and the Development of Israeli Sports Photography",

    History of Photography 32, no. 1, 2008, pp. 74-84.

    "A Great Minor Master: The Robbery by Simon Kick in the Berlin Gemäldegalerie.

    With an Appendix including a complete catalogue of paintings by Simon Kick 

    (1603-1652)", Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen 49, 2007, pp. 85-98.

    "The Dutch Guardroom Scene of the Golden Age: A Definition", Artibus et Historiae

    53 (XVII), 2006, pp. 151-174.

    "On the Question of Portraits in some 17th-Century Dutch Genre Paintings", Dutch

    Crossing, A Journal of Low Countries Studies 25, no. 2, 2005, pp. 265-288.

    "On a Collaboration between Jacob Duck and Abraham van Cuylenborch", Oud

    Holland 117, nos. 1-2, 2004, pp. 74-78.

  • Participation in Conferences
    2012                The Twenty-Eighths Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel

    Studies (AIS), Multifaceted Israel in Global Perspective, University of Haifa, Haifa. Paper delivered: "The Israeli Individual and Globalization as Reflected in Contemporary Israeli Photography."


    2012                The Arts Department, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, International Symposium on the topic of Art and Social Justice. Paper delivered: "Towards a History of Israeli Social Documentary Photography: The Case of Serial Portraits."


    2011                The Fifty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA), Montreal, Canada. Paper delivered: "Reality versus Visual Tradition: The Case of the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Guardroom Scene."


    2006                Center for the Research of Sports, University of Haifa, Israel. Paper delivered: "In the Eye of the Camera: The Development of Sport Photography and Football in the Land of Israel."


    2005                International conference on Art and Mediterranean Culture, University of Haifa, Israel. Paper delivered: "The 'Classical Portrait': Another Facet of Classicism in Early Modern Northern Europe"


    2004                The 30th Association of Art Historians (AAH) Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, Great Britain. Paper delivered: "Cruel Officers and Begging Hostages: The Humiliation of Subordinates in some 17th century Dutch Genre Paintings"


    2003                The 27th Annual Conference of the Israeli Historical Society, Jerusalem,

    Israel. Paper delivered: "'Ensigns take Position': The Aristocratization of the Standard-Bearer in Holland of the Golden Age." (in Hebrew)


    1998                European Social Science History Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Paper delivered: "Jacob Duck and the Question of Portraits within Seventeenth Century Dutch Genre Paintings."


    Colloquium Talks and other Invited Addresses 

    2013             School of Arts, University of Haifa, Symposium:  "Vintage Advertising", 17.4.2013, paper Delivered: "Currents in Contemporary Israeli Photography"


    2013             Scholars Seminar, School of History, University of Haifa, 20.3.2013, paper Delivered: "Social Documentary Photography in Israel: The Case of Serial Portraits."


    2010                Rubin Museum, Tel Aviv, Symposium on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition: Building a Place: The P6 Group and Critical Landscape Photography, 5.7.2010, paper Delivered: "Locus Citatum: A Draft for the Development of Critical Landscape Photography in Israel."


    2010                Seminar on the topic Animals and their Representation in Literature, The Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of Haifa, 9.5.2010, paper delivered: "Monkey Do: Apes and their Meaning in the Art of the Early Modern Period."


    2009                Department of Communication, University of Haifa, Symposium: "Photojournalism: From Hard to Soft News?", 28.12.2009. Paper Delivered: "The End of Consensus: The Arts, the Media and the Watershed of Israeli Photography in the 1980s."


    2008                Initiator and Organizer of the Symposium "The Revealed and the

    Hidden in the Landscape in Art and Photography", The Department of Literature, Linguistics and Arts, The Open University, Ra'anana, 3.3.2008. Paper Delivered: "On the Edge of Abstraction in Israeli Photography."


    2007                Department of Literature, Linguistics and Arts, The Open University,

                            Ra'anana, Symposium: "Graffiti, Street Art as an Expression",

                            24.12.2007. Paper Delivered: "Graffiti: From Protest to Aesthetics."


    2007                Initiator and Organizer, with Dr. Ruth Oren, of the Symposium "The Israeli Photography: Historiography and Iconography", Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa, 25.4.2007. Paper delivered: "The Landscape in the Work of Young Israeli Photographers."               


    2006                Seminar on the topic Literature and the Visual Arts, The Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, University of Haifa, 14.5.2006, paper delivered: "In Luxury Beware: Word and Image in a Painting by Jan Steen."                      


    2006                The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Association, University of Haifa, 18.5.2006, Paper delivered: "The Guardroom Scene in Dutch Painting of the Golden Age."​

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    Other Articles

    "Four Chapters on Sandboxes: The Element of Play in the Photographs of             

                Avraham Eilat" in an exhibition catalogue, Avraham Eilat: The Depth of the

    Surface: Fourthy Five Years of Photography, Ein Hod, The Janco-Dada 

    Museum, 2012, pp. 85-89.

     “'Behold, I have set the land before you': The P6 Group and Critical Landscape

    Photography in Israel" in Building a Place: The P6 Group and Critical 

    Landscape Photography (exhibition catalogue), Tel Aviv, Rubin Museum, 

    2010, pp. 69-74.

    "On the Edge of Abstraction in Israeli Photography", in The Revealed and the 

                Hidden in the Landscape: Photographs by Shai Ginot (exhibition catalogue), 

                Ra'anana, The Open University, 2008, pp. 4-9. (Hebrew)

     "The Abused Landscape: The Works of Young Israeli Photographers", Afterimage, 

                A Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism 35, no. 1, 2007, pp. 23-27.

     "The Path of an Artist: Rituals and Ceremonialism in a Series of Works by Avraham

    Eilat", Contact, Photography and Digital Media 81, November-December 

    2006, pp. 10-21. (Hebrew) 

    "Dror Maayan – Berlin Mushrooms", in Dror Maayan, Mushrooms: A Photographic

    Look at Street Art in Berlin (exhibition catalogue), Haifa, Pyramida – Center 

    for Contemporary Art, 2006. (Hebrew)

     "Graffiti in the Works of Three Israeli Photographers", Contact, Photography and

    Digital Media 71, November-December 2004, pp. 20-27. (Hebrew)

    "The Landscape Photographs of Neil Folberg", Contact, Photography and Digital

    Media 70, September-October 2004, pp. 48-52. (Hebrew)

     "Landscape Photography in Israel", Contact, Photography and Digital Media 69,

    July-August 2004, pp. 12-26 (Hebrew)

     "Jozef Israels and Seventeenth Century Dutch Genre Painting", In Jozef Israels - A

    Heart's Desire (exhibition catalogue), Haifa, Reuben and Edith Hecht 

    Museum, University of Haifa, 2004, pp. 29-33.

    Curatorial Projects

    2013 - Curator of the exhibition Magia Naturalis: Israeli Artists Study Nature,

    Tel Aviv, P8 Gallery, forthcoming, 21.11.2013-14.12.2013.

    2013 - Curator of the exhibition Shuka Glotman: Journey – Israel 1984; at second

    glance, Tel Aviv, Indie Gallery of Photography, 5.4.2013-7.5.2013.

    2008 - Curator of the exhibition The Revealed and the Hidden in the Landscape:   

                 Photographs by Shai Ginot, Ra'anana, The Open University, 


    2006 - Curator of the exhibition Dror Maayan – Mushrooms: A Photographic look at

                street art in Berlin, Pyramida, Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa, 


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