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James Bloom teaches courses such as “Copies, Forgeries, & Fakes,” “Introduction to Visual Studies,” and “The Portrait from Pharaoh to Facebook.” He is committed to explorations of digital humanities, visual communication, and curriculum design. Bloom’s research interests include the cultural anthropology of images, economic histories of the arts, and the history of art history.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a doctorate from Duke University. 

Recent Courses Taught

Copies, Forgeries, & Fakes
Northern Renaissance Art

Select Publications

  • “Performance as Paradigm: The Visual Culture of the Burgundian Court,” in Till-Holger Borchert, ed., Staging the Court of Burgundy (1419-1482). A Multidisciplinary Approach (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013): 141-145. 2012
  • “Pictorial Babel: Inventing the Flemish Visual Vernacular,” in Joost Keizer and Todd Richardson, eds., The Transformation of Vernacular Expression in Early Modern Arts. Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture 19 (2011): 313-338. 2011
  • “The Role of Painters Before the Rise of Painting,” in The Artist in the Early Modern Netherlands. Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 59 (2009/2010): 71-89. 2010
  • “Nationalist Ideals, Aesthetic Models, & the Triumph of Early Netherlandish Painting,” Journal of the Association of Western Art History 31 (2009): 163-186. 2009
  • “Why Painting?” in Neil De Marchi and Hans van Miegroet, eds., Mapping Markets for Paintings in Early Modern Europe, 1450-1750 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006): 17-31. 2006
  • “Mastering the Medium: Reference and Audience in Goltzius’s Print of The Circumcision,” in Prentwerk/Print Work 1500-1700. Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 52 (2001): 79-105. 2001

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

Ph.D., Duke University
B.A., Dartmouth College

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