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Stephanie Porras Associate Professor Newcomb Art Department Tulane University

Stephanie Porras

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


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


Stephanie Porras specializes in Northern European art of the fifteenth to seventeenth centuries. Before coming to Tulane in 2012, she previously taught at Columbia University, the Courtauld Institute of Art and University College London.

Porras’s research and teaching interests include: early modern print culture, the idea of antiquity in the North, the emergence of genre imagery, early modern notions of the copy and the export of Flemish prints across the early modern globe. Her first book Pieter Bruegel's Historical Imagination (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016), proposes a new understanding of Bruegel as an artist deeply concerned with history. In addition to articles on Bruegel and Netherlandish prints, she has worked on the early drawings of Albrecht Dürer, co-editing and contributing to an exhibition catalogue The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure for an exhibition held at the Courtauld Institute, London in 2013.

Her current book project, The First Viral Images: Maerten de Vos, Antwerp print and the early modern globe traces the complex production and reception history of one engraving and one illustrated book published in Antwerp in the late sixteenth century, considering how these prints came to be used across the globe: copied by Venetian print publishers, Spanish and Latin American painters, Mugal miniaturists and by Filipino ivory carvers. Examining how European prints travelled and functioned globally, analyzing these prints’ mobility, velocity and interpretative ambivalence in a new global art market, reveals how engravings acted not monolithic source of artistic “influence”, but constituted the very idea of “European” cultural identity, a new sense of the globe and of knowledge itself. Dr. Porras’s 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 and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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



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