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Saskia Beranek

Assistant Professor, Art History
Wonsook Kim School of Art
Center for the Visual Arts - CVA 203A
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Saskia Beranek received her PhD in Dutch art and architectural history from the University of Pittsburgh. She came to ISU after teaching widely in Pittsburgh and at Colby College.

Current Courses

156.001Survey Of Art II

415.001Seminar in Renaissance and Baroque Art -Global Encounter and Exchange in Renaissance Art

305.001Seminar in Renaissance and Baroque Art/Architecture: Global Exchanges in Renaissance Art

156.001Survey Of Art II

Teaching Interests & Areas

Dutch and Flemish Art, Global Encounters in the Renaissance and Early Modern, Early Modern Print Culture, Women as Artists and Patrons

Research Interests & Areas

Seventeenth-century Dutch Art and Architecture, Women Artists and Patrons, Portraiture, Garden Design, History of Display

Research Initiative Award

Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

Harold Gregor Endowed Professor 2022-2024

Wonsook Kim School of Art

Outstanding Teaching Initiative Award

Illinois State University

Outstanding Teaching Initiative Award

Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts

2021 Collaborative Project Award

Society of the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender (SSEMWG)

Book, Chapter

Saskia Beranek and Sheila ffolliott, “The Agency of Portrayal: The Active Portrait in the Early Modern Period.” In Challenging Women and Agency in the Early Modern World, ed. Merry Wiesner-Hanks. Amsterdam University Press, 2021.
Beranek, S. In Living Memory: Architecture, Gardens, and Identity at Huis ten Bosch. Women Artists and Patrons in The Netherlands: 1500-1700. Amsterdam University Press (2019)
Beranek, S. Govert Flink and the Houses of Orange and Brandenburg: Networks and Influence. Stephanie Dickey (EDs), Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck: New Research. WBooks (2017)

Journal Article

Beranek, S. Strategies of Display in the Galleries of Amalia van Solms. JHNA (Journal of the Historians of Netherlandish Art. Historians of Netherlandish Art 9.2 (2017)


Making the Self: Gendered Portrait Display in/as Dutch Elite Palace Spaces in the Seventeenth Century . Portraiture and the Construction of Identity. Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Bonn. (2023)
A Baluster. na. Amsterdam Center for the Study of Early Modernity (University of Amsterdam) and Museum het Prinsenhof, Delft. (2022)
Making Faces and Mapping Spaces. ISU WKSoA Faculty Biennial. (2022)
Intermediality as Feminist Practice: Active Agency in the Early Modern Dutch Republic. Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference. Renaissance Society of America. (2021)
Mapping Communities in Seventeenth-Century Amsterdam. Sixteenth Century Society Conference. Sixteenth Century Society. (2019)
Henri Lefebvre and the Social Space of the Early Modern Court. Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe Symposium. Oxford University. (2017)