Jane Peters (Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974) teaches courses primarily on the western tradition in the early modern period (c. 1400-1700). Her courses increasingly emphasize the experience of the early modern viewer and consider art more broadly as an aspect of material culture. Her seminars often focus on the art production of early modern artists such Pieter Bruegel, Albrecht Dürer, or Vermeer in the context of the cultures in which they worked. In addition to topics on art production in the early modern period, she offers courses on Christian iconography and prints in the Western tradition. “Reframing Renaissance art” is a course she teaches on a regular basis. As graduate advisor in Art History & Visual Studies, she serves as advisor for all graduates who select the non-thesis option. For those opting to write a thesis, she has recently directed such thesis projects as “From the Assumption to the Last Judgment: the Role of the Virgin Mary in the Sistine Chapel” (2011), and “Softening the Brows of Dread Renown: Rossetti’s Revision of Dantean Portraiture” (2012). She has taught with study abroad programs in Florence, Verona, Vienna, Innsbruck, and Paris.
Her research focuses on 16th C. German prints and drawings. She has edited a number of volumes on later 16th C. German prints for The Illustrated Bartsch project, a reference tool dedicated to making a comprehensive survey of early modern prints available in hardcopy and, in some instances, in digital form to a broader public. She has also published on German drawings and contributed entries to an exhibition catalogue of master prints in the Cincinnati Art Museum.