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Area Specialization: Northern Renaissance Art, Italian Renaissance Art, The Art of Comics, Graduate Seminar in Art Criticism and Theory
Professor Goldstein is an art historian of the Renaissance period specializing in the paintings, prints, and decorative arts of sixteenth-century Flanders. Her research focuses on the decoration of private houses in affluent sixteenth-century Antwerp, examining the ways in which household goods – from famous paintings by Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel to decorated beer jugs and fireplace tiles – helped to define the taste and social standing of Antwerp’s wealthy businessmen and their families. With the help of a Fulbright Grant, she spent the 2000-2001 year in Belgium reading sixteenth-century Flemish household inventories in various archives, and studying numerous objects from the period firsthand (many of which had never been studied before).
This research was the subject of her Ph.D. dissertation, completed at Columbia University in 2003. Prior to that, in 1994, Professor Goldstein received a Master’s Degree in Italian Renaissance art from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy. In total, she spent two years living in Florence. She has several future research projects in the works which will combine her knowledge of – and interest in - both Northern and Italian Renaissance art. Her BA in Art History was completed in 1992 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In addition to the Fulbright, she has received numerous research and teaching fellowships, and has published an article based on her dissertation research in the Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek in 2000. She joined the faculty at William Paterson in 2002.