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dr. J.P. (Joost) Keizer

Vice Dean Faculty of Arts | Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Joost Keizer


1978 | Dutch | Children: 3 (2012, 2014, 2017)


Department of History of Art + Architecture | University of Groningen | Oude Boteringestraat 34 | 9712 GK Groningen |





PhD 2008:                     Universiteit Leiden


Dissertation: “History, Origins, Recovery: Michelangelo and the Politics of Art.” Supervised by Prof. Reindert Falkenburg and Prof. Henk van Veen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)



MA 2003:                      Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (cum laude)


Employment History


2015 –              Assistant Professor & Director of Curatorial Studies, History of Art Department, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.


2010 – 15          Assistant Professor (tenure track), History of Art Department, Yale University.


2008 – 10          Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Art and Archaeology Department, Columbia University.


Current PhD Candidates under Supervision


Tessel Luitjens, University of Groningen (A Historical Poetics of Style)


Esther van der Hoorn, University of Groningen (Seventeenth-Century Dutch Auricular Ornament Across Media)



Teaching Activities


Undergraduate Teaching


University of Groningen

“The Invention of Painting”

“Museums, Galleries, and Public”

“History of the Museum”

“Towards Modernity: Visual Arts 1300 – 1800”

“Art & Science”

“Excursion Berlin”

“Contemporary Debates and Society”

“The Power of Church and State (1400 – 1800)”


Yale University

“Italian Renaissance Art, 1300-1500”


“The Renaissance Portrait”

“Leonardo da Vinci”

“Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture”


Columbia University:

“Survey Western Art (500 BC – now)”

“Leonardo Da Vinci: Art, Poetry, and Science”


Graduate Teaching (MA & PhD)


University of Groningen:

“Art History Now: Theory / Method / Historiography”

“Topics in Early Modern Art”

“The Life of the Curator”

“Methods II: Style and the Archive” (ReMA, with Julian Hanich, Film Studies)


Yale University:

“Mannerism, Maniera, and the Modern Institution of Art” (PhD Seminar)

“Renaissance Drawing” (PhD Seminar)

            “Artist and Work” (PhD Seminar)



Current Institutional Responsibilities


  • Director of Curatorial Studies, University of Groningen (2015 -)
  • Chair Program Committee Bachelor, University of Groningen (2015 -)
  • Member Program Committee Master, University of Groningen (2015 -)
  • Member Program Committee Research Master, University of Groningen (2017 -)


Commissions of Trust


  • Advisory Board Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell’Arte (2015 -).
  • Advisory Board Department of Art History (2015 -)
  • Founding Board Member Drawing North
  • Peer reviewer for Konsthistorisk tidskrift; Source: Notes in the History of Art; Oxford University Press; Routledge; Amsterdam University Press; Penn State Press; Brill






Leonardo’s Paradox: Word and Image in the Making of Renaissance Culture (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press and Reaktion, 2019).

 The Realism of Piero della Francesca (London: Routledge, 2017).

 Michelangelo and the Politics of Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming).


Edited Volume: 

Co-editor with Todd Richardson, The Transformation of Vernacular Expression in Early Modern Arts (Leiden and Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2011).


Book General Public:

This Is Leonardo da Vinci, with the illustrator Christina Christoforou (London: Laurence King, 2016). With translations into Turkish and Japanese.





 “Towards a Typology of the Black on White Drawing,” in Zeichnen auf kolorierten Papieren in Süd und Nord von 1400 bis 1650, ed. Iris Brahms and Klaus Krüger (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming, 2019).


“Rembrandt’s Nature: Paint and Pedagogy in the Dutch Republic,” Netherlands Yearbook for the History of Art 68 (2018).


“Leonardo’s Prophecy: Towards a Visual Culture of Dreaming in the Renaissance,” in Leonardo e gli altri, ed. Francesca Borgo, Rodolfo Maffeis, Alessandro Nova (Venice: Marsilio, 2018), 229-48.


“The Truth of Sculpture,” Making and Unmaking Sculpture in Fifteenth-Century Italy, ed. Daniel M. Zoli, Amy Bloch (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2019).


“Site-Specificity,” in Michelangelo: Scholarship for a New Millennium, ed. Tamara Smithers (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 25-46.


“Albrecht Dürer, Drawing, and Allegory,” in The Aura of the Word in the Age of Print, ed. Jessica Buskirk and Samuel Mareel (London: Routledge, 2015), 130-50.


“The Concept of Style in Early Renaissance Art,” Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 78 (2015): 370-85.


“Portrait and Imprint in Fifteenth-Century Italy,” Art History 38.1 (January 2015): 11-37.


“Leonardo and Allegory,” Oxford Art Journal 35.3 (October 2012): 433-55.


“Michelangelo, Drawing and the Subject of Art,” The Art Bulletin 93.3 (September 2011): 304-24.


“Michelangelo Out of Focus: Medievalism as Absent Life in Italian Renaissance Art,” in Early Modern Medievalisms: The Interplay between Scholarly Reflection and Artistic Production, ed. Alicia Montoya, Wim van Anrooij and Sophie van Romburgh (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010), 391-425.


“Giuliano Salviati, Michelangelo and the ‘David’,” The Burlington Magazine 150 (October 2008): 664-68.



Book reviews:


Review of Leonardo da Vinci on Nature, ed. Fabio Frosini and Alessandro Nova (Venice: Marsilio, 2015), Nuncius: Journal of the History of the Visual and Material History of Science (forthcoming 2019).


Review of Barbara Tramelli, Giovanni Paolo Lomazzo’s Trattato dell’arte della pittura: Color, Perspective and Anatomy (Leiden: Brill, 2016), History of Humanities 3.1 (2018): 223-25.


Review of Michael Hirst, Michelangelo. A Life (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011), and Deborah Parker, Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010), CAA Reviews (August 2013).


Review of Dennis Geronimus, Piero di Cosimo: Visions Beautiful and Strange (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2006), Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 71.1 (2008): 136-43.



Newspaper and other publications:


“Venetiaanse veelzijdigheid: De stijl van Bellini,” Kunstschrift (December 2018): 20-27.


“‘De bladeren luisterrijk door het zonlicht dat op hen valt’: over de droom van een universele kunst,” Kunstschrift (April 2017): 8-11.


Letter to the editor, The Art Bulletin 95.4 (2013), 657-58.


“Pleidooi ter verdediging van de geesteswetenschappen [= To the defense of the humanities],” Volkskrant (April 4, 2012).



Invited lectures

National Gallery, London; Universiteit van Amsterdam; Museo de Belles Artes, Valencia; The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, I Tatti; Max Planck Institut / Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz; University College Amsterdam; Universität Zürich; University of Warwick, History of Art Department; Universiteit Gent, Center for Early Modern Studies; University of Cambridge, History of Art Department; Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Kunstgeschichte; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Princeton University (Distinguished Lectures in Renaissance Studies); New York University (Distinguished Lectures in Medieval and Renaissance Studies); Yale University (Italian Department); University of Chicago (Department of the History of Art); Columbia University; Vassar College; Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen.



Prizes and Awards


  • Member Young Academy Groningen (“a club for the University’s most talented, enthusiastic and ambitious researchers”).
  • Rush Kress Fellowship, Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, 2014-15.
  • Member of BildEvidenz Seminar, Freie Universität, Berlin, 2012-16
  • Morse Fellowship, Yale University, 2012-13
  • Griswold Traveling Grant, Yale University, 2011
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, 2008-2010
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie voor Wetenschappen, for organizing conference “Formualting a Response: Methods of Research on Italian and Northern European Art, 1400 – 1600.” Universiteit Leiden, 20 – 22 April 2006.



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