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MA (University College, London), PhD (Courtauld Institute, London)
Cordula is a Senior Lecturer in the History of Art. Before joining the History of Art Department at York in 2005, she was the Speelman-Newton Fellow in Netherlandish Art at Wolfson College Cambridge (2000-2005). Her research interests lie in early modern cultural history with particular reference to the seventeenth-century Low Countries. Major interests include religious and political imagery, royal patronage, and early modern court culture.
I am currently completing an article on the “The Fabric of Female Rule in Leone Leoni’s Statue of Mary of Hungary, c. 1555” which grew out of my interest in the history of dress and the material legacy of Habsburg women in the Low Countries. Mary’s portrait sculpture (details shown below) was a bold gesture. It is the only example of a full-length portrait sculpture in bronze commissioned by a sixteenth-century woman during her life-time. I investigate the synergy between the values projected by her sartorial choices and the medium of bronze in relation to the specific circumstances of Habsburg politics this commission responded to.
I have a long-term interest in Marie de’ Médicis as a political figure (as shown in a portrait by Anthony van Dyck in front of the skyline of Antwerp) and I am now completing a book-length study on her. My focal point is the wider material and visual culture of her twelve years of exile in the Low Countries, London and her death and the autopsy of her corpse in Cologne.
Adam Sammut, 'The Dominican Church of St Paul in Antwerp c1608-1700.'
Katerina Georgoulia, '"The Physicality of Rubens" Human Bodies: Visuality and Medicine in Early Modern Europe.'
Rebekah Lee, "The Matter of Nobility: Materially Constituting the Arenberg Family Body in the Habsburg Netherlands 1520-1620."
Sophie Littlewood, "Elizabethan Armour and the Fashioning of Masculinity."
Cordula welcomes enquiries from those interested in doing research on any aspect of the material and visual cultures of the early modern Low Countries, including relations to Spain and France.
- Rubens and the Human Body. Edited by Cordula van Wyhe, (Brepols: Turnhout, 2018).
- "The Fabric of Female Rule in Leone Leoni's Statue of Mary of Hungary, C. 1549-1556", in Meredith Hale (ed.),Cambridge and the Study of Netherlandish Art (Turnhout: Brepols, 2016), 135-168
- "The sartorial ambitions of the artist and his wives: Identity and attire in Rubens´ family portraits", in ex. cat. Rubens in private. The master portrays his family, Rubens House, Antwerp 2015, (Thames and Hudson, London, 2015), pp. 99-119.
- Margaret Van Noort: Spiritual Writings of Sister Margaret of the Mother of God (1635-1643), ed. and intr. by Cordula van Wyhe, transl. by Susan Smith with an essay by Paul Arblaster, The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, vol. 39 (Arizona: Iter and Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies), 2015.
- “The Making and Meaning of the Monastic Habit Spanish Habsburg Courts”, in José-Luis Colomer (ed. et al), Spanish Fashion at the Courts of Early Modern Europe (Madrid and London: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica and Paul Holberton Publishing, London, 2014), vol. 1, 251-291 (in Spanish and English edition). Also published in an abridged version in Early Modern Habsburg Women. Transnational Contexts, Cultural Conflicts, Dynastic Continuities, edited by Anne J. Cruz and Maria Galli Stampino (Farnham: Ashgate Publishers, 2013), 243-275.
- “Piety, Play and Power: Constructing the Ideal Sovereign Body in Early Portraits of Isabel Clara Eugenia (1568-1603)”, in Isabella Clara Eugenia: Female Sovereignty at the Courts in Madrid and Brussels, ed. and intr. by Cordula van Wyhe (Madrid and London: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica and Paul Holberton Publishing, 2012), intr. and 88-130 (in Spanish and English edition).
- “Death and Immortality in Rubens’ Ildefonso Altarpiece”, in Ralf Georg Bogner, ed. et al, Leichabdankung und Trauerarbeit. Zur Bewältigung von Tod und Vergänglichkeit im Zeitalter des Barock, Daphnis. Zeitschrift für Mittlere Deutsche Literatur, 38 (2009), 217-276.
- “After Teresa: Mysticism in Seventeenth-Century Europe”, in Approaches to Teaching Teresa of Ávila and the Spanish Mystics, ed. by Alison Weber (New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2009), 83-95.
- “The ‘Idea Vitæ Teresianæ’ (1686): The Teresian Mystic Life and its Visual Representation in the Southern Netherlands”, in Female Monasticism in Early Modern Europe. An Interdisciplinary View, ed. by Cordula van Wyhe (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishers, 2008), intr. and 173-211.
- “Reformulating the Cult of Scherpenheuvel: Marie de’Médicis and the Regina Pacis Statue in Cologne”, The Seventeenth-Century Journal, 22/1 (2007): 41-74.
- “Archducal Leisure and Peasant Pleasure: New Aspects of Jan Brueghel’s Peasant Weddings in the Prado Museum”, Münchner Jahrbuch für Kunstgeschichte 56 (2005): 83-105.
- “Piety and Politics in the Royal Convent of Discalced Carmelite nuns in Brussels 1607-1646”, Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique, 100/1 (2005): 457-487.
- “Between Chastity and Passion: The Impact of the French exiles on the Cult of Courtly Love at the Brussels Court in the 1630s”, Passion, Affekt und Leidenschaft in der frühen Neuzeit, ed. by Anselm Steiger, Wolfenbütteler Arbeiten zur Barockforschung, 11 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz in Kommission, 2005), 951-980.
- “Court and Convent: the Infanta Isabella and her Franciscan Confessor Andres de Soto”, Sixteenth Century Journal, 35/2 (2004): 411-445.
- Portraicts des SS. Vertvs de la Vierge contemplees par feue S.A.S.M. Isabelle Clere Evgenie Infante d’Espagne, Jean Terrier, Pin 1635, with a critical introduction by Cordula van Wyhe (Glasgow: University of Glasgow, Department of French, 2002).
- “Court, City and Countryside: Jan Brueghel’s Peasant Weddings As Images of Social Unity Under Archducal Sovereignty”, in: [exh. cat.] Albert and Isabella, ed. by Luc Duerloo and Werner Thomas, Brussels, Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis and Madrid, Prado Museum, 1998 (Turnhout: Brepols, 1998), 151-160.
Student trips 2017/18
Study Trip to Amsterdam, Rembrandt Module, March 2014
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