Department of Art
- Professor Pearson specializes in the visual culture of late-medieval and early modern northern Europe, with research interests pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality in the southern Low Countries. Her book, Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art, 1350-1530: Experience, Authority, Resistance (Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing, 2005), was awarded Honorable Mention for Best First Book by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship in 2008. Her edited collection of essays, Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe, was published by Ashgate in 2008. Professor Pearson’s articles have appeared in Art History, Gesta, Renaissance Quarterly, the Sixteenth Century Journal, and Woman’s Art Journal. She taught art history for thirteen years at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania before moving to Washington DC in 2008.
DegreesPhD University of California, Santa Barbara; MA University of Iowa; BA Augustana College
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Professor Pearson is a specialist in northern Renaissance art, with research interests in women, gender, and sexuality in the southern Low Countries.
Work In Progress
Book: Devotion and Desire in Early Netherlandish Art.
Essay. 'Disability and Salvation in a Mechelen Besloten Hofje,' in Considering Women in the Early Modern Low Countries, ed. Sarah Moran and Amanda Pipkin.
Essay: 'The "Untamed Thoughts" of Netherlandish Women?: Besloten Hofjes as Deliberate Discourse.'
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
Honorable Mention for Best First Book by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, for Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art, 1350-1530: Experience, Authority Resistance (Ashgate, 2005), 2008.
Article of the Month Prize for January, 2006 from Feminae, an index on women and gender in the Middle Ages compiled at Haverford University with the cooperation of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, for ‘Gendered Subject, Gendered Spectator: Mary Magdalen in the Gaze of Margaret of York,’ Gesta 44/1 (2005): 47-66.
Affiliate, Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, 2002-03.
Distinguished Teaching Award, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
Books and Edited Volumes
Editor: Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe: Gender, Agency, Identity. Series: ‘Women and Gender in the Early Modern World,’ ed. Allyson M. Poska and Abby Zanger. Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate Publishing, 2008.
Author: Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art, 1350-1530: Experience, Authority Resistance. Series: ‘Women and Gender in the Early Modern World,’ ed. Allyson M. Poska and Abby Zanger. Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate Publishing.
Journal Articles and Contributions to Edited Volumes
'Visuality, Morality, and Same-Sex Desire: The Infants Christ and St. John the Baptist in Early Netherlandish Art," Art History 38 (June 2015). In press.
'Imaging and Imagining Colette of Corbie: Compliance and Resistance in an Illuminated Version of Pierre de Vaux's Vie de Colette,' in A Companion to Colette of Corbie. Eds. Joan Mueller and Nancy Bradley Warren. Leiden: Brill, 2015. In press.
'Margaret of York, Colette of Corbie, and the Possibilities of Female Agency.' In Les Femmes, la culture et les arts en Europe, entre Moyen âge et Renaissance, ed. Cynthia L. Brown and Anne Marie Legare. Turnhout: Brepols, 2015. In press.
‘Images of Women,’ in the Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe. Eds. Jane Couchman, Katherine McIver, and Allyson Poska, 489-508. Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate Publishing, 2013.
‘Productions of Meaning in Portraits of Margaret of York,’ Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe. Ed. Andrea Pearson, 36-54. Aldershot, Eng.: Ashgate Publishing, 2008.
‘Gendered Subject, Gendered Spectator: Mary Magdalen in the Gaze of Margaret of York,’ Gesta 44/1 (2005): 47-66.
‘Spirituality, Authority, and Monastic Vows: An Antependium from the Community of Flines,’ in Studies in Cistercian Art and Architecture VI, ed. Meredith Parsons Lillich, 323-363. Kalamazoo: Cistercian Publications, 2005.
Catalogue entries for illuminated manuscripts, Le dyalogue de la duchesse de Bourgogne à Jésus Christ (London, British Library, ms. 7907) and La vie abrégée de la tressaincte vierge seur Colette (Arras, Bibliothèque municipale, ms. 461), for Women of Distinction: Margaret of York/Margaret of Austria, ed. Dagmar Eichberger. Leuven: Davidsfonds, 2005: Nos. 83, pp. 244-245 and 96, pp. 257-258.
‘Margaret of Austria’s Devotional Portrait Diptychs,’ Woman’s Art Journal 22/2 (2001/02): 9-25.
‘Nuns, Images, and the Ideals of Women’s Monasticism: Two Paintings from the Cistercian Convent of Flines,’ Renaissance Quarterly 54 (2001): 1356-1402.
‘Personal Worship, Gender, and the Devotional Portrait Diptych,’ Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (2000): 99-122.
Representative examples of papers presented
'Margaret of York, Colette of Corbie, and the Possibilities of Female Agency,’ presented at an international colloquium, ‘Les Femmes, la culture et les arts en Europe, entre Moyen âge et Renaissance,’ Lille, France, 2012.
‘On Edge: Privileged Women Contend with the Margins,’ Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, 2011.
‘It’s in His Kiss: Holiness and Homoeroticism in Early Netherlandish Art,’ presented at the First Annual Feminist Art History Conference, American University, 2010 and at the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, 2008.
'Inside Out: Domesticity as Public Spectacle at the Burgundian Court,’ College Art Association, Boston, 2006.
‘Authority and Community in the Hours of Mary of Burgundy,’ presented at an international colloquium, ‘Femmes à la Cour de Bourgogne: Présence et Influence’, Mechelen, Belgium, 2005.
‘Women, Art, and Power in the Renaissance,’ invited public lecture, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, 2005.
Representative examples of sessions organized
'Gender and Artistic Practice in Early Modern Europe: Media, Genres, and Formats.' College Art Association, New York, 2013. Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
'Feminism and Early Modern Art,’ College Art Association, Los Angeles, 2012. Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
‘Early Modern Women and Religious Art: What’s Next?’ College Art Association, Los Angeles, 2009.
‘Fathers and Sons in Renaissance Art.’ Attending to Early Modern Women Conference, Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, 2006. Workshop organized with Allison Levy.
‘The Face of Gender: Women and Portraits in the Early Modern World,’ College Art Association, Atlanta, 2005.
‘Gender and Figure in the Arts of the Renaissance,’ Attending to Early Modern Women Conference, University of Maryland, 2003. Workshop organized with Stephen Whitworth and Todd Borgerding.
‘Exploring the Boundaries of Public and Private in Northern European Art, 1350-1600,’ College Art Association, New York City, 2003. With Lisa Deam.
‘Seeing Double: Duality in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Netherlandish Art.’ Historians of Netherlandish Art Conference, Antwerp, 2002. With Laura Gelfand, Ann M. Roberts, and Ron Spronk.
'Fashioning the Figure of Woman: The Question of Agency in Visual and Material Culture,’ Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, 2001. Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women.
‘New Directions in the Study of Northern European Devotional Art, 1300-1600,’ College Art Association, New York, 2000. With Bret Rothstein.
Current national service
Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, liaison to the College Art Association and organizer of annual conference sessions.
Member of the board of external reviewers for the journal Medieval Feminist Forum.
Member of the editorial board and manuscript reviewer for the annual journal, Studies in Dutch Language and Culture.