Art History Department

Kavaler, Ethan Matt MA, PhD

Professor, Late Medieval and Early Modern (UT St. George)


My research addresses the arts in northern Europe of the late medieval and early modern period, especially that of the Low Countries across all media.  I am presently concerned with issues of devotional practice and affective engagement, ornament, embodiment, identity formation, and artistic mode. My current project is a thematic study of Netherlandish sculpture in this period.  My past research has treated the vital and continuing tradition of Gothic design during the fifteenth and early sixteenth century and the problems of secular imagery in the work of Pieter Bruegel and his Netherlandish contemporaries. I am Director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and am cross-appointed to the Centre for Medieval Studies.

For a link to a full Curriculum Vitae, please click here:  Curriculum Vitae – Ethan Matt Kavaler

Areas of Academic Interest
  • Late Medieval and Early Modern Art in Northern Europe
  • Ph.D Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • MA Columbia University
  • BA Harvard College
  • Doctor honoris causa Université de Liège, Belgium
Selected Publications
  • The Spencer Album: Drafting Netherlandish Sculpture in the Sixteenth Century, with Krista De Jonge (Turnhout: Brepols). Forthcoming.

  • Netherlandish Culture of the Sixteenth Century. Urban Perspectives.  Ethan Matt Kavaler and Anne-Laure Van Bruaene, eds.  Turnhout: Brepols. In press.

  • Renaissance Gothic.  Architecture and the Arts in Northern Europe 1470-1540.  London and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.

  • Le Gothique de la Renaissance.  Monque Chatenet, Krista De Jonge, Ethan Matt Kavaler, and Norbert Nussbaum, eds.  Paris: Picard, 2011.

  • Pieter Bruegel: Parables of Order and Enterprise.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

  • “Gossart’s Bodies and Empathy.”  Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art 5:2 (2013)

  • “Carved Prayer Nuts and Netherlandish Sculpture of the Sixteenth Century.” Forthcoming in Prayer Nuts, Private Devotion and Early Modern Art Collecting.  Evelin Wetter and Frits Scholten, Eds.  Riggisberger Berichte.

  • “The Diaspora of Netherlandish Sculptors in the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century.” In: Konrad Ottenheym, Krista De Jonge (eds.), The Low Countries at the Crossroads. Netherlandish Architecture as an Export Product in Early Modern Europe (1480-1680) (Architecura Moderna 8) (Brepols: Turnhout 2013), 89-101.

  • “Jan Gossart as Architect.”  In: Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart’s Renaissance. Maryan Ainsworth, ed.  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2010), 30-43.

  • “The Waning of the Middle Ages.”  Forthcoming in The Cambridge Guide to Medieval Architecture, Stephen Murray, ed.  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).

  • “On vegetal imagery in Renaissance Gothic.” In: Le Gothique de la Renaissance.  Monque Chatenet, Krista De Jonge, Ethan Matt Kavaler, and Norbert Nussbaum, eds.  (Paris: Picard, 2011), 297-312.

  • “Microarchitecture circa 1500 as Model of the Sacred.”  In: Jheronumus Bosch: His Sources.  Eric de Bruyn and Jos Koldeweij, eds.  (‘s-Hertogenbosch: Jheronumus Bosch Art Center, 2010), 191-209.

  • “Des géomètres à Brou : architecture et ornementation en Espagne, dans le Brabant et en Europe occidentale autour de 1500,” Brou, un monument européen à l’aube de la Renaissance, 116-24. Paper from the conference held at the Monastère Royal de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse, October 13-14, 2006. 2009.

  • “The Gothic of the Renaissance: Ornament, Excess, and Identity.”  In Renaissance Theory, The Art Seminar, Vol. 5.  J. Elkins and R. Williams, Eds. (New York:  Routledge, 2008), 115-58.

  • “Jacques Du Broeucq and Northern Perspectives on the Antique Mode.”  In Invention: Northern Renaissance Studies in Honor of Molly Faries. Julien Chapuis, ed.   (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008), 190-207.

  • “Architectural Wit: Playfulness and Deconstruction in the Gothic of the Sixteenth Century.”  In Reading Gothic Architecture, Matthew M. Reeve, ed. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2008), 139-50.

  • “Tournai’s Renaissance Jubé: Art as Instrument of Empowerment.”  In In His Milieu: Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias.  A. Golahny, M. M. Mochizuki, and L. Vergara, eds. (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2006), 193-207.

  • “Renaissance Gothic: Pictures of Geometry and Narratives of Ornament.” Art History 29 (2006), 1-46.

  • “Nature and the Chapel Vaults at Ingolstadt: Structuralist and Other Perspectives.”  The Art Bulletin 87 (2005), 230-48.

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