Renowned for her revisionist publications on art and gender in the early modern Low Countries, Andrea Pearson pursues projects that rewrite the art-historical record on social marginalization, including on same-sex desire and physical disability. These works are united by their varied modes of understanding visualization — the formation and interpretation of images — as a fundamental human endeavor.
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Dr. Andrea Pearson is a professor of Art History at American University in Washington, D.C. She specializes in the visual culture of late medieval and early modern northern Europe, with a research program focused on gender, sex, and the history of the body in the southern Low Countries and Germany. Her latest book, Gardens of Love and the Limits of Morality in Early Netherlandish Art, was published by Brill in 2019. She is the author of Envisioning Gender in Burgundian Devotional Art, 1350-1530: Experience, Authority, Resistance (Ashgate, 2005), which was awarded Honorable Mention for Best First Book by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, and editor of Women and Portraits in Early Modern Europe: Gender, Agency, Identity (Ashgate, 2008). Dr. Pearson has contributed articles to Art History, Gesta, the Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, and Renaissance Quarterly among others, and to a number of anthologies. Her latest projects include a new collaborative digital humanities initiative that will map convent networks in the Low Countries from 1400 to 1700, and a book on the enigmatic “Medieval Housebook.” She has served on the boards of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference.
Previously Dr. Pearson held a full professorship at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where in 2001 she received the annual award for distinguished teaching on the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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