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Stephanie Porras, Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University

Stephanie Porras

Chair, Newcomb Art Department

Associate Professor, Art History, Northern Renaissance, Colonial Latin America
305 Woldenberg Art Center


Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art, Baroque Art


Stephanie Porras specializes in the visual and material culture of Northern Europe and the Spanish world, from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries. Before coming to Tulane, she previously taught at Columbia University, the Courtauld Institute of Art and University College London. She is Reviews Editor designate of the Art Bulletin and Chair of the Newcomb Art Department.

Porras is the author of Pieter Bruegel's Historical Imagination (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016) and Art of the Northern Renaissance (Laurence King, 2018). She was also co-editor of The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure (Courtauld Institute of Art, 2013) and Picturing the Netherlandish Canon (Courtauld Books Online, 2010). Her current book project, The First Viral Images: Maerten de Vos, Antwerp print and the early modern globe traces the complex production and reception histories of an illustrated book, a painting and an engraving, all made in Antwerp in the late sixteenth century, but copied by Venetian print publishers, Spanish and Latin American painters, Mugal miniaturists and by Filipino ivory carvers. Analyzing the social networks and infrastructures that undergirded these artworks’ mobility, she argues for a reassessment of creative labor and art’s role in early modern globalization. Some of this work has appeared in journal articles for the Nederlands Kunsthistorisches Jaarboek, Colonial Latin American Review and Artl@s.

Her research, publications and teaching have been supported by grants and fellowships from the Renaissance Society of America, the College Art Association, Historians of Netherlandish Art, the New York Public Library, the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the British Academy, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Dr. Porras is delighted to work with graduate students interested in print culture, migrant artists and mobile artworks, practices of copying and replication, competing notions of antiquity and the everyday in the early modern period.


Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination, Stephanie Porras
 Courtauld Institute and Paul Holberton, 2013).Art of the Northern Renaissance



"Locating Hispano-Philippine ivories," Colonial Latin American Review 29:2 (2020): 256-291.

Art of the Northern Renaissance: Courts, Commerce and Devotion (Laurence King, 2018).

“Keeping our eyes open: visualizing networks and art history,”  Artl@s Bulletin 6.3 (Winter  2017). Article 3. 

Pieter Bruegel's Historical Imagination, (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016).

“Going viral? Maerten de Vos’s St Michael the Archangel,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 66 (2016): 54-78.

St. Michael the Archangel: Spiritual, visual and material translations from Antwerp to Lima,” in E. Wouk and S. Karr-Schmidt, Prints in Translation, 1450-1750: Image, Materiality, Space (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2016), 183-202.

“Copies, cannibals and conquerors: Maarten de Vos’s The Big Fish eat the Small,” Nederlands Kunsthistorisches Jaarboek 64 (2014).

“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).

“Folds, Traces and Holes: Dürer's Ideal Bodies,” in G. Ulrich Grossman and Petra Krutisch, The Challenge of the Object / Die Herausforderung des Objekts: The Proceedings of the 33rd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art (Nuremberg: Germanischen Nationalmuseums, 2013).

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.

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

Recently Supervised MA Theses

“Performing Artistic Control: Gian Lorenzo Bernini And His Caricature Drawings," MA 2015

“The Emulative Copy: Andrea del Sarto’s 1525 Pope Leo X with Two Cardinals,” MA 2016

“Made In China: Chinese Export Art And Its European Reception In The Seventeenth Century,” MA 2016

“Becoming Brazilian: The Brazilian cultural performance in Henri II’s 1550 royal entry into Rouen,” MA 2019