Assistant Professor Stephanie Porras' forthcoming book Pieter Bruegel’s Historical Imagination (Penn State University Press, 2016) proposes a new understanding of Bruegel as an artist deeply concerned with history. For this work Dr. Porras has received a Millard Meiss Publication Award from the College Art Association, a Kress publication grant from the Renaissance Society of America, as well as a Historians of Netherlandish Art Fellowship award.
Dr. Porras has also been awarded a short term fellowship at the New York Public Library this May, where she will be conducting research on her next book project, Maerten de Vos: a Renaissance Life in between. This project is a micro history of an understudied yet ubiquitous early modern artist, considering the impact of travel, the wars of religion and the dawn of globalization on artistic identity and visual culture.
[Peasant Dance, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Kunsthistoriches Museum, Vienna, Austria]