Jeffrey M. MullerProfessor of History of Art and Architecture and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies
I earned my Ph.D. in art history at Yale where I wrote a dissertation on the collection of Peter Paul Rubens. My interests in Flemish renaissance and baroque art expanded from there and embraced the question of how art made for the Counter Reformation changed society. Currently I am working on a new project about the Jesuit global strategy of accommodation. How did the Jesuits fashion their interactions with the diverse peoples from China to Peru whose souls they wished to save?
"The Cult of St. Joannes Nepomucenus in Eighteenth-Century Antwerp: Silencing Evil Rumor, Making the Streets Safe." In Festschrift for Professor Hans Vlieghe. Brepols Turnhout 2006
"Jesuit Uses of the Visual Arts in the Province of Flanders." in The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540-1773. University of Toronto Press, 2006
"Rubens in the Antwerp Dominican Church: Travel, Guide Books, and the Secularization of Religious art, 17th–18th centuries," In Le Rubenisme en Europe aux XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles, Univeristé de Lille, 3, Brepols, Turnhout, 2005
"Institution and Framework: the New Chapter of Canons and its Choir Space in the St. Jacob's Church, Antwerp." In Flemish Art and Patronage, 1550-1700, Katholiek Universiteit Leuven, Brepols, Turnhout, 2005
Introductory essay to the catalogue of the exhibition: A House of Art: Rubens, as Collector, 2004, Rubens House, Antwerp
"Rubens's Anatomy Book," in Rubens Cantoor: een verzameling ontstaan in Rubens' atelier, exhibition catalogue, Antwerp, Rubenshuis, Antwerp, 2003, 78-94
"Confraternity and Art in the St. Jacobs Church, Antwerp: A Case Study of the Altar of the Brotherhood of St. Rochus." In Concept-Design-Execution in Flemish Painting (1550-1700), Brepols Turnhout, 2000, 97-110
Edward Norgate. Miniatura or the Art of Limning. A New Critical Edition. Edited, Introduced and Annotated by Jeffrey M. Muller and Jim Murrell. Yale, University Press, 1997
"Private Collections in the Spanish Netherlands: Ownership and Display of Paintings in Domestic Interiors." In The Age of Rubens, exhibition catalogue, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1993, 194-206
"The Quality of Grace in the Art of Anthony van Dyck." In Anthony van Dyck, exhbition catalogue, National Gallery of Art, 1990, 27-38
Rubens: The Artist as Collector. Princeton University Press, 1989
"Measures of Authenticity: The Detection of Copies in the Early Literature on Connoisseurship." Studies in the History of Art, National Gallery of Art, 20, 1989, 141-151
Conceived and edited: The Children of Mercury: The Education of Artists in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, a collection of essays published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, Bell Gallery, Brown University, March 2-30, 1984
"Rubens's Theory and Practice of the Imitation of Art." The Art Bulletin, 64, 1982, 229-246
My current research is centered on the Jesuit global strategy of accommodation. How and why did the Jesuits change their appearance and visual messages to agree with the customs and capacities of every group they tried to convert around the world, whether Japanese feudal aristocracy or Flemish peasants?
My research integrates the methods of art history and history with the purpose of reaching a fuller understanding of how works of art functioned in history.
Senior Research Fellowship, Boston College, Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, 2016.
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, 2001-2002
American Philosophical Society Research Grant, 1995
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers,
Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, Western European Regional Research
Visiting Member, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, 1980-1981
Post Doctoral Fellow, American Academy in Rome, 1978-1979
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (London) Research Grant, Summer 1976
Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship, Yale University, 1972-1973
Stipendium of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, 1972-1973
Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship, Summer 1971
NDEA Title IV Fellowship, Yale University, 1969-1972