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H. Rodney Nevitt, Jr.
Associate Professor

Rod Nevitt Portrait

PhD, Harvard University
MA, Williams College
BA, Rice University

Dr. Nevitt’s primary field of research is seventeenth-century Dutch art, and his work relates mainly to the thematics of love and courtship in Dutch art of the period. Dr. Nevitt’s dissertation research was supported by a Chester Dale Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum, New York.  His publications include the book, Art and the Culture of Love in Seventeenth-Century Holland (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and several journal articles and book chapters on Rembrandt, Vermeer, and other topics in Dutch art. His most recent publication, “Vermeer’s Milkmaid in the Discourse of Love,” appeared in Ut pictura poesis: The Reflexive Imagery of Love in Artistic Theory and Practice 1400-1700, Brill, 2017, research for which was supported by the University of Houston and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend. Dr. Nevitt also has a secondary research interest in the intersection of art and popular music in the 1960s, and is currently working on a book-length study of the album covers, and associated visual culture, of the Beatles. He has delivered papers on Dutch art at the College Art Association, the Historians of Netherlandish Art, the South-Central Renaissance Conference, the Portland Art Museum, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Lovis Corinth Colloquium at Emory University.  He has spoken on the Beatles and visual culture at conferences at the University of Toronto, the University of Lisbon, the Courtauld Institute of Art and King’s College, London, Monmouth University, and the University of Rochester Institute for Popular Music and the Eastman School of Music. In addition to the Western survey in art history (Renaissance to Modern), Dr. Nevitt teaches courses in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, Northern Renaissance Art, and seminars on the Methods of Art History and Dutch Genre Painting.