Susan Maxwell

Art History


Renaissance and Baroque Art and the History of Graphic Arts


Art 209 - Art History Survey I
Art 210 - Art History Survey II
Art 308 - Special Topics: History of Prints & Printmaking
Art 310 - Ancient Art
Art 311 - Medieval Art & Architecture
Art 312 - Gothic Art & Architecture
Art 313 - Italian Renaissance Art
Art 314 - Northern Renaissance Art
Art 315 - Baroque Art and Architecture
Art 316 - Dutch and Flemish Art
Art 322 - Contemporary Art; also taught as Venice Biennale Study Abroad
Art 325 - Greek & Roman Art
Art 482 - Art History Seminar (special topics have included From Bosch to Bruegel, Art in the Age of Albrecht Dürer, Print and Propaganda, and Italian Renaissance Frescoes)
Art 484 - Capstone: Taught as Theory and Methodology


MA, Ph.D., University of Virginia

Current Projects

Current research:  art collecting and art plundering during the Thirty Years War; prints and drawings in ducal diplomacy around 1600

Article in progress: "Competition, Emulation, and Ambition: Hendrick Goltzius and the Grottenhof of the Munich Residence." In Barocke Deckenmalerei und die Begleitmedien der Repräsentation - Perspektiven der Produktion und Rezeption


"Graphic Diplomacy: Drawings and Prints in the Collections of the Late Renaissance Court of Wittelsbach Bavaria." In Ekphrasis und Residenz - Höfische Kultur and das Medium des Reiseberichts im Zeitalter der Konfessionalisierung/Ekphrasis and Court: Court Culture and the travelogue in the age of confessionalization. Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2023.

"Maximilian I of Bavaria." In Bellum et Artes - The Thirty Years' War and the Arts. Art, War, and Diplomacy in Central Europe between 1600 and 1650. Leibnitz Institute GWZO, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, National Gallery Prague, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna; forthcoming 2020-21.

"Artful Negotiator: Peter Paul Rubens' Intervention in the Cause of Catholic Bavaria." Rethinking Europe. War and Peace in Early Modern German Lands. Eds. Gerhild Scholz Williams, Sigrun Haude and Christian Schneider. Brill: Chloe Volume 48, 2019.

"Friedrich Sustris." In Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL). Eds. Andreas Beyer, Bénédicte Savoy, Wolf Tegethoff. Vol. CVII, 199. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019.

“Wittelsbach Patronage from the late Middle Ages to the Thirty Years' War.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Art History. Ed. Thomas DaCosta Kaufmann. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

"Lazy Foreigners and Indignant Locals: Influence and Rivalry in Bavarian Court Patronage." In The Artist Between Court and City - L'Artiste Entre le Cour et la Ville - Der Künstler zwischen Hof und Stadt (1300-1600), eds. Dagmar Eichberger and Philip Lorentz. Peterberg: Michael Imhoff Verlag, 2017.

“Every Living Beast: Collecting Animals in Early Modern Munich.” In Animals and Early Modern Identity, edited by Pia Cuneo, University of Arizona. Ashgate Publishing Company, 2014.

The Court Art of Friedrich Sustris: Patronage in Late Renaissance Bavaria, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2011.

“The Pursuit of Art and Pleasure in the Secret Grotto of Wilhelm V of Bavaria,” Renaissance Quarterly 61:2 Summer (2008): 414-462.

"A Marriage Commemorated in the Stairway of Fools," Sixteenth Century Journal 36:3 (2005): 717-741.

Recent Conference Talks

"Mapping Early Modern Munich in the Travelogues of the Augsburg Art Agent Phillip Hainhofer." The Ninth International Conference of Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär, University of Arizona, Tucson, March 2023.

"ut pictura poesis: Joachim von Sandrart's Cycle of the Twelve Months as Early Modern Art Theory." Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Minneapolis, October 2022.

"Competition, Emulation, and Ambition: Hendrick Goltzius and the Munich Residence Grottenhof." Invited paper for Marburger Tagung des Corpus der barocken Deckenmalerei in Deutschland, Marburg University, October 2022.

"Netherlandish Drawings in the album amicorum of a German Art Agent around 1600." Historians of Netherlandish Art Conference, Amsterdam and The Hague, June 2022.

"Art and Politics in the Kammergallerie of Prince Elector Maximilian I of Bavaria" in "Curating the Past: Art and Collecting in Early Modern Prague, Munich, and Ambras" (Organizer). Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Dublin,  March 2022.

"The Void as Form in Martin Schongauer's Engravings" XXXVI Congress of German Art Historians, University of Stuttgart, March 2022.

"The 1632 Swedish Occupation of Munich and the Pursuit of the Wittelsbach Kunstkammer." Studientag Münchener Residenz in der Renaissance, LMU, February 2021

"Strategic Plundering in the Thirty Years War under Maximilian I of Bavaria." Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, St. Louis, October 2019.

"Natural History and History Painting in Peter Paul Rubens' Hippopotamus Hunt." Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Albuquerque, November 2018.

"Artful Negotiator: Peter Paul Rubens in the Cause of Peace." in Rethinking Europe: War and Peace in the Early Modern German Lands, Eigth International Conference Frühe Neuzeit Interdisziplinär, St. Louis, March 2018.

"Flanders Ascendant? The Shift to the North in Ducal Patronage of Early Modern Bavaria" in Batavia in Bavaria. Niederländische und flämische Kunst und Künstler in Süddeutschland. Arbeitskreis Niederländische Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte, Munich, October 2017.

Chair and Organizer, "Art and the Thirty Years' War." Double panel. Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Chicago, March 2017.

"The Munich Kunstkammer: a ‘museum non solum rarum, sed unicum in tota Europa.'" Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Boston, March 2016.

Recent Public Lectures

Docent Lecture: The Hippopotamus in the Museum: From Kunstkammer to Fine Art in an Early Modern Collection, Paine Art Center and Gardens, February 2022.

Art from the Trenches: German Artists and World War I. World War I Centennial Symposium, UW Oshkosh Department of History, 2018

Two Renaissance Clocks: The Orpheus Clock and the Twelve Patriarchs Clock, Milwaukee Art Museum, 2018

Persecuted Images in the German Reformation, College of Letters and Science Luther 500 Commemoration, 2017

Godless Painters, Reformed Artists, and Persecuted Images in the German Reformation, College of Letters and Science Dean's Symposium, 2017.

Material Culture in 1066: Art and History in the Bayeux Tapestry,” Chancellor's Research to Reception Lecture, 2016"Rubens and the Bavarians." Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference, Berlin, March 2015.

Recent Research Grants

University of Wisconsin Faculty Development Grant, Research, 2022
University of Wisconsin Full Academic-Year Sabbatical Grant, 2021-22
DAAD Research Fellow, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 2022
University of Wisconsin Faculty Development Grant, Research, 2021