Dr. Stephanie Porras

305 Woldenberg Art Center


The Young Durer: Drawing the Figure

Stephanie Porras, Assistant Professor, History of Art

Stephanie Porras specializes in Northern European art of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. Before coming to Tulane in 2012, she previously taught at Columbia University, the Courtauld Institute of Art and University College London.

Porras’s research and teaching interests include: the idea of antiquity in the North, the emergence of genre imagery, early modern print culture, the Flemish presence in New Spain, and early modern drawing practice, in particular the role of copy-drawing. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Pieter Bruegel's Historical Imagination, which proposes a new understanding of Bruegel as an artist deeply concerned with history. As part of the international research project Cultural Translation in Early Modern Antwerp, she is writing an article on Maarten de Vos’s image of Amerindian cannibals in the context of the Dutch battle for independence from Habsburg dominion. She is also working on a forthcoming exhibition on the Wanderjahre of Albrecht Dürer, to be held at the Courtauld Institute, London in 2013.

Courses at Tulane:

Amsterdam as Global Capital of the Dutch Golden Age
Print, Power and Knowledge in the Early Modern period
Rubens to Rembrandt: Flemish and Dutch art of the 17th century
Theaters of the Baroque
Van Eyck to Bruegel: The Spaces of Art

Recent Publications:

“Dürer’s copies,” in The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure, eds. Stephanie Buck and Stephanie Porras (London: Courtauld Institute and Paul Holberton, 2013).

“‘ein freie hant:’ Autonomy, Drawing and the Young Dürer,” in Der frühe Dürer, ed. Daniel Hess and Thomas Eser (exhibition catalogue, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, 2012).

“Rural Memory, Pagan Idolatry: Pieter Bruegel's Peasant Shrines,” Art History 34.3 (June 2011).

Producing the Vernacular: Antwerp, Cultural Archaeology and the Bruegelian Peasant,”Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art 3.1 (Winter 2010/11).

Repeat Viewing: Hendrick Hondius’s Effigies” available at Picturing the Netherlandish Canon online exhibition, curated by Stephanie Porras and Joanna Woodall, funded by the British Academy, 2010.


Tulane University, Newcomb Art Dept., 202 Woldenberg Art Center, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5327