Susan Donahue Kuretsky, PhD

Professor Emerita of Art

Susan Donahue Kuretsky (Vassar ’63), Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Art Emerita, received her MA and PhD from Harvard University and has also taught at Boston University and Smith College. A specialist in the art of The Netherlands, she has published a monograph on the Dutch genre painting Jacob Ochtervelt, co-authored the catalogue of Dutch paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and produced numerous articles on Rembrandt and seventeenth-century print-making. Her 2005 traveling exhibition and catalogue, Time and Transformation in Seventeenth Century Dutch Art, led to the development of a course called “The Museum in History, Theory and Practice,” while her recent articles on science and technology in Dutch art have been largely inspired by various iterations of a Vassar seminar called “Art and Science in the Age of Vermeer.” Her current project—to be titled Rembrandt’s Animals in the Age of Observation—will explore a largely ignored aspect of this artist’s work in relation to the artistic and scientific issues of his period.


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