Associate Professor Erin Griffey
PhD (Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London)
A specialist in early modern portraiture and court culture, I have taught at the University of Auckland since 2002.
My teaching encompasses Renaissance and Baroque art, and includes courses at all undergraduate levels, ARTHIST 114 Understanding Art; ARTHIST 224/324 Power and Piety: the Baroque; ARTHIST 236/336 Artists and Patrons in Renaissance Italy; the study abroad paper ARTHIST 327 Art in Context and at Honours level, two alternatively taught full-year seminars, Art for the City and the Court: Amsterdam, The Hague and London and Rembrandt.
I have done extensive postgraduate supervision, with 18 completed MA thesis supervisions and 4 PhD completions. Teaching is important to me and I am a huge advocate of my students; three have been awarded prestigious full PhD scholarships—at Cambridge, the Courtauld and Sydney.
Research | Current
- Early modern art, architecture and decorative arts
- Court culture
- The Stuart court
- Van Dyck
I am best known as a specialist in early modern court culture, especially patronage, material culture and portraiture at the Stuart court. I have published widely in the area, most notably the monograph On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court, published with Yale University Press (2015). I have written articles that have been published in The Seventeenth Century, The Burlington, The Journal of the History of Collections and Studi di Memofonte and contributed to several edited collections. I spend considerable time in the UK and Europe for research. I have given scholarly and public lectures on various aspects of Henrietta Maria’s life, patronage and palaces, including talks at Hampton Court (2013), the Queen’s House, Greenwich (2013), Oxford (2014) London (2018) and the Rubenianum (2012) in Antwerp; for The Society of Court Studies (2011); and at the Universities of Nottingham, Edinburgh and St. Andrew’s (all 2012), Queensland (2017) and Melbourne (2017 and 2018). I am currently editing a handbook on Early Modern Court Culture for the Routledge series Early Modern Themes.
My research interests extend to broader issues around portraiture, and its function and reception, as well as sexuality in art, from the Renaissance to the Present (including an essay on Titian's Danae paintings and a co-written article with Barry Reay on the American artist Edward Melcarth published in History Workshop Journal). I am also interested in early modern concepts and portrayals of beauty and fashion. I have an edited collection coming out in July 2019 with Amsterdam University Press entitled, Sartorial Politics in Early Modern Europe: Fashioning Women.
In New Zealand I have a relatively high profile as a specialist in portraiture, having curated two major loan exhibitions on aspects of New Zealand British portraiture and written the accompanying exhibition catalogues. I have also curated an exhibition of contemporary New Zealand photographs of people involved in the New Zealand justice system, No Free Man: To No One Deny Justice. I have also acted as the New Zealand curator for the Rembrandt Remastered exhibition which has toured Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Whangarei, Greymouth, Napier, Rotorua, Foxton and Upper Hutt. In New Zealand, I have been interviewed for television, radio and newspapers about these exhibitions.
My current research projects relate to female beauty, dress, objects, emotions and rituals at the Stuart court.
Read more about On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court, Yale University Press, 2015
See more on my research, including links to articles and essays.
Teaching | Current
ARTHIST 114 Understanding Art: Leonardo to Warhol
ARTHIST 224 Power and Piety: the Baroque
ARTHIST 236 Artists and Patrons in Renaissance Italy
ARTHIST 324 Power and Piety: the Baroque
ARTHIST 336 Artists and Patrons in Renaissance Italy
ARTHIST 722AB Rembrandt and His World
ARTHIST 701 Special Topic: Art for the City and the Court
Mirren Brockies, Form and Function: Neckwear in Early Modern Europe
Maree Clegg, The Townley Collection: Restoration and Questions of Authenticity
Jane Davidson-Ladd, Louis John Steele
Nadia Kislitsyna, From Earthquare Baroque to Gothic Revivalism: Colonial Church Architecture in the Philippines
Natalie Bell, The Other Woman: Renaissance: Non-Marriage Portraits in Renaissance Italy, 2016
Jemma Field, Anna of Denmark and the Arts in Jacobean England, 2015
Simon McNamara,Concetto in Rembrandt's Passion Series, 2013
Mary Barker, A Disquieting Presence: The Virgin Mary in Rembrandt's 'Protestant' Art, 2011
Victoria Munn, ‘Setting the Standard: The Impact of Venetian Beauty on European Centres in the Sixteenth Century’
Eden Tongia, Early modern depictions of Jupiter and Antiope
Kirsten Raynor, The Anciennes Indes tapestries and the role of Frans Post
Chance Wilson, ‘Rembrandt Prints in New Zealand Collections’, due June 2019
Annie Curtis, ‘Between Sight and Sound in the Dutch Golden Age’, submitted February 2019
Emily Hames, ‘Painted Virtuosity: Rembrandt’s Depictions of Metals’, submitted February 2019
Andrea Dawber, ‘Rembrandt’s History Paintings of Women and Issues of Morality’, 2015
Susannah McEwan, ‘Representations of Catherine of Braganza’ (co-supervisor with Iain Buchanan), 2015 First Class Honours
Renisa Maki, ‘Portraits of American Presidential First Ladies’, 2015. First Class Honours
Hannah Bowen, ‘Greatnesse and Goodnesse from thy Grace Doth Spring: The Portraiture of the Stuart Queen Consorts’, 2013. First Class Honours
Katherine Bond, ‘Dressing Kinship and Allegiance in Sixteenth-Century Costume Books’, 2013, First Class Honours. Awarded Cambridge International Scholarship for her PhD in the Department of History at Cambridge University, UK
Sharnell Aumua, ‘Absence and Presence: God's Handwork and Concepts of Artistry in Early Modern History Painting’, 2011
Deborah Babbage, ‘Companionship and Collaboration in Rembrandt’s Pendant Marriage Portraits, 1632-35’, 2008, First Class Honours. Awarded Top Achiever Scholarship to do her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2009-2012
Jemma Field, ‘Portraits of the Winter King and Queen at the Orange Court’, 2008, First Class Honours
Jessica Bell, ‘A Family Likeness? A Comparison of the Picture Collecting of Queen Marie de Médicis of France and Her Daughter Queen Henrietta Maria of England’, 2007, First Class Honours
Mary Barker, ‘Seeing Red: Rembrandt’s “Jewish Bride”’, 2006, First Class Honours
Jo Cooper, ‘New Zealand Old Master Print Collections’, 2006, First Class Honours
Simona Albanese,‘Pietro da Cortona and the Restoration of the Barberini Ceiling’, 2006
Emily Smith, ‘Re-assessing the Role of Colour in Rembrandt’s Oeuvre’, 2004, First Class Honours
Jessica Lane, ‘Rembrandt in His Own Words’, 2004, First Class Honours
Natalie Bell, ‘La Città Dolente: Dante’s Inferno and Its Influence on the Representations of Hell in Tuscan Last Judgments, c.1330-c.1450’, 2003, First Class Honours
Barry Moffatt, ‘Alberti Amongst the Philosophers’, 2002, First Class Honours
Areas of expertise
Early modern art, architecture and decorative arts; court culture; the Stuart court; Rembrandt; Van Dyck
Board, Auckland University Press
Board, Arts Scholars
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Griffey, E. (2015). On Display, Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence. London and New Haven: Yale University Press. Pages: 372.