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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)     



  • 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.





    16thcentury Low Countrieswere engulfed in a bitter war between Catholics and Protestants. Only in the beginning of the17th century the conditions were ripe for a renewed cultural flourishing and the age of Baroque began. This period sawarevitalized Flemish Schoolofpainting led by Peter Paul Rubens whose art and personality wererenowned 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



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    hern 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 cult









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    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 inter











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    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 deca





  • Publications

    Authored Books



    ​- Jacob Duck (c.1600-1667): Catalogue Raisonné, in the Series Oculi. Studies in the Arts of The Low Countries, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017. 


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


    Articles in Refereed Journals

    - "Pieter Codde and the Industry of Copies in 17th-century Dutch Painting" in The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400-1700: Essays in Honor of Larry Silver, eds. Deborah Cashion, Henry Luttikhuizen and Ashley West, Leiden: Brill, 2017, pp. 564-571.

    - "The Obscure D. Witting and the Art of Painting in Amsterdam of the 1630s", Canadian Journal of Netherlandic Studies (CJNS) 36, no. 2, 2015 (published in 2017), pp. 51-73.

    - "Rembrandt, Willem Duyster and the evolution of The Night Watch", Dutch Crossing, A Journal of Low Countries Studies 40, no. 3, 2016, pp. 261-269.

    - "Fantasy Caves: Dutch Grotto Painting of the Golden Age" in Liber Amicorum Marijke de Kinkelder, eds. Charles Dumas, Jan Kosten, Eric Jan Sluijter & Nicolette C. Sluijter-Seijffert, The Hague: The Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD), 2013, pp. 291-304.

    - "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. 181-195.

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



  • Participation in Conferences
    ·         2018 Thirteenth International Conference on The Arts in Society, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Canada. Paper to be delivered: Jan van Bijlerts Portrait of a Widow as St. Frances of Rome.
    ·         2018 Sixth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Centre for Visual Arts and Research (CVAR), Nicosia, Cyprus. Paper to be delivered: The 17th-century Dutch and Flemish Guardroom Scene as an Evidence for Soldiers’ Life on the March.
    ·         2018 106th Annual Conference of the College Art Association (CAA), Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, USA. Session entitled Provenance Research as a Method of Connoisseurship?. Paper to be delivered: The Fictitious 17th-century Dutch Painter Jan le Ducq and the Untying of his Vast Oeuvre.
    ·         2017 Twelfth International Conference on The Arts in Society, The American University of Paris, Paris, France. Paper delivered: Gestures that (Still) Matter: Obscene Gestures in 17th-century Dutch Genre Painting.
    ·         2016 International Conference on Collecting and Provenance: Usage, Authenticity and Ownership, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Paper delivered The Fictitious 17th-century Dutch Painter Jan le Ducq and the Untying of his Vast Oeuvre.
    ·         2014 HNA/AANS International Interdisciplinary Conference, Boston University, Boston, USA. Initiator, co-organizer and co-host of the workshop: The Monograph with Catalogue Raisonné: A Dying Breed?
    ·         2012 The Twenty-Eighths Annual Meeting of the Association for Israel 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 ofthe 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 European Art.
    ·         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 ociety, 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. 
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    Curatorial Projects 
    2015 - Curator of the exhibition Boaz Lanir: People in a Kibbutz 1983-2013, Tel Aviv, Indie Gallery of Photography, 13.8.2015-5.9.2015.


    2014 - Curator of the exhibition Reflection: A Note on Painting vs. Photography in Contemporary Israeli Art, Tel Aviv, Hanina Contemporary Art, 11.9.2014-23.10.2014.

    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, 3.3.2008-2.4.2008.



    2006 - Curator of the exhibition Dror Maayan – Mushrooms: A Photographic look at street art in Berlin, Pyramida, Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa, 6.5.2006-17.6.2006.



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