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Alison Kettering

Alison Kettering

Education & Professional History

Oberlin College, BA; University of California (Berkeley), MA, PhD.

At Carleton since 1982.

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages

Art & Art History

Oberlin College, B.A., University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D

Alison Kettering retired in 2014 from many years teaching Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture.  She has published books and articles on Rembrandt, Dutch pastoral art, and the drawings and paintings by 17th-century artist Gerard ter Borch. An article on Dutch images of men at work appeared in the Art Bulletin (2007), another article on "Rembrandt and the Male Nude" in 2011. Her current projects focus on the portraits of Hendrick Goltzius (which use an early form of pastel), food in Dutch genre paintings, and Rembrandt's Slaughtered Ox in the Louvre.  She is also preparing an article on Rembrandt's re-attributed Portrait of Dirck van Os in the Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha.

Since 2008, she has been Editor-in-Chief of JHNA, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, an open-access, refereed, semi-annual e-journal.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Oberlin College, B.A.; University of California, Berkeley M.A., Ph.D.


Professor Kettering specializes in the early modern period, with a special interest in seventeenth-century Dutch art. She has taught a wide range of courses on art throughout western Europe, focusing on gender issues in western art, Renaissance and Baroque art north and south of the Alps, and the art of the print.

Her books and articles have concentrated on 17th-century Dutch pastoral images, the art of Gerard ter Borch and his family, and Rembrandt's portraiture and renderings of the male nude. Her books include: The Dutch Arcadia: Pastoral Art and Its Audience in the Golden Age and Drawings from the Ter Borch Studio Estate in the Rijksmuseum. In 2004, she produced an essay and entries for the catalogue of an exhibition of Gerard ter Borch's paintings which opened at the National Gallery in Washington. Since then she has published and lectured on a variety of subjects, including depictions of the occupations, the windmill, and country life.  She is Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed, open access e-journal, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, www.jhna.org.

European Studies

Professor Kettering specializes in the early modern period, with a special interest in seventeenth-century Dutch art. She has taught a wide range of courses on art throughout western Europe, focusing on gender issues in western art, Renaissance and Baroque art north and south of the Alps, and the art of the print.

Her books and articles have concentrated on 17th-century Dutch pastoral images, the art of Gerard ter Borch and his family, and Rembrandt's portraiture and renderings of the male nude. Her books include: The Dutch Arcadia: Pastoral Art and Its Audience in the Golden Age and Drawings from the Ter Borch Studio Estate in the Rijksmuseum. In 2004, she produced an essay and entries for the catalogue of an exhibition of Gerard ter Borch's paintings which opened at the National Gallery in Washington. Since then she has published and lectured on a variety of subjects, including depictions of the occupations, the windmill, and country life.  She is Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed, open access e-journal, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, www.jhna.org.

Her homepage in art history is here.

Profile updated July 22, 2013

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