| Art History

Mia M. Mochizuki

New York University/Abu Dhabi Faculty
Not currently accepting MA or PhD students at the Institute

PhD Department of the History of Art, Yale University, 2001
BA Art History and German Studies, Vassar College, 1993

My research has drawn upon art, architecture and other visual sources — from masterpieces and material culture — to address problems in early modern intellectual history, with special attention to Renaissance, Reformation and Baroque art, especially those objects produced by contact with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Portuguese and Dutch trading networks that situate European art in a world context. I would characterize my work as grounded in the object and original archival sources and leavened by a theoretical fluency across a range of humanist and social science disciplines.

Currently, I have been concerned with pressure points in cross-cultural contact and the challenges for a global art history with a single-authored monograph on the Jesuit global Baroque; an edited anthology, with Prof. Christine Göttler (Universität Bern), dedicated to The Nomadic Object: The Challenge of World for Early Modern Religious Art (Brill, 2017); and a selection of essays by myself and Prof. Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato (Mejiro University, Tokyo) for a volume entitled Dawn of a Global Age: Visual Dialogue between Edo Japan and the West (Koyo Shobo, 2017).

Recent articles have treated the importance of materials in religious art in Art History (Special Issue for the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, eds. Bridget Heal and Joseph Koerner, 2017); the role of place in cross-cultural interpretation in The Japan Review (vol. 29, 2016) in English and in The University of Tokyo Art History Journal (vol. 32, 2016) in Japanese; the changing status of copy and original initiated by the transmission of images overseas in Sacred and Profane in Early Modern Art (Kyoto University Press, 2016); a study of a “Republic of Images” along the Portuguese eastern trading network in Ellipsis. Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association (vol. 12, 2014); and a summary essay on iconoclasm for theOxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (Oxford University Press, 2013).

My book, The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672. Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age (Ashgate, 2008), received the College Art Association Publication Award, the ACE/Mercers’ International Book Award for Religious Art and Architecture, and the Ashgate Editor’s Choice Award for a significant contribution to the field for its consideration of the delicate negotiation required to make art for a public hostile to imagery. I also edited, with Prof. Amy Golahny (Lycoming College) and Prof. Lisa Vergara (Hunter College, CUNY), In His Milieu. Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias(Amsterdam University Press, 2006) on the archival and socio-economic study of art.

Born in Tokyo and educated at Sacred Heart schools and Groton School, I trained as a historian of seventeenth-century Dutch art at Vassar College (BA), Yale University (PhD), and Leiden University. Prior to coming to NYU in 2013, I held previous appointments at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, the Jesuit School of Theology, the Graduate Theological Union, and the University of California Berkeley.

Research Interests

17th Dutch art
Reformation and iconoclasm
Cross-cultural and global art history
Jesuit art

Sample courses

Dutch Art of the Golden Age
Beyond Contact: Problems in Early Modern Global Art History
Iconoclasm and the Image
The Northern Landscape
Religious Rembrandt 

Selected publications


Book Cover

The Nomadic Object: The Challenge of World for Early Modern Religious Art, eds with Christine Göttler, Intersections. Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture 53 (Leiden: Brill, 2017).

グローバル時代の夜明け―日欧文化の出会い・交錯とその残照 一五四一~一八五三  [“Dawn of a Global Age: Visual Dialogue between Edo Japan and the West”], with Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato (Kyoto: Koyo Shobo, 2017). [order online]

The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672. Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age (Ashgate, 2008) [order online]
   -Ashgate Editor’s Choice Selection (2015)
   -Winner of the College Art Association Publication Award (2007)

   -Winner of the Art and Christian Enquiry/Mercers’ International Book Award (2009)
In His Milieu. Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias, eds with Amy Golahny and Lisa Vergara (Amsterdam University Press, 2006) [order online]


[link to articles on Academia.edu]

“Connected Worlds—The World, the Worldly, and the Otherworldly: An Introduction,” in The Nomadic Object: The Challenge of World for Early Modern Religious Art, eds with Christine Göttler, Intersections. Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture 53 (Leiden: Brill, 2017).

“The Reliquary Reformed,” in Bridget Heal and Joseph Koerner, eds, Special Issue on the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Art and Religious Reform in Early Modern Europe, Art History 40/2 (April 2017): 431-49. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8365.12313.

"A Global Eye: The Perception of Place in a Pair of Tokugawa World Map Screens,” The Japan Review 29 (2016): 69-119.

Japanese version:  望月みや , “ グローバルな眼:徳川家《万国絵図屏風》における場所の認識 ,” 『美術史論叢』第 32 号、2016 年 3 (Mia M. Mochizuki, “Global na Me: Tokugawa-ke Bankoku Ezu Byobu ni okeru Basyo no Ninshiki,”  Bijutsushi Ronsō: Tōkyō Daigaku Bungakubu Bijutsushi Kenkyūshitsu [The University of Tokyo Studies in Art History] kiyō  32 (March 2016), 100-52.

“Sacred Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction: The Salus Populi Romani Madonna in the World,” in Toshiharu Nakamura and Kayo Hirakawa, eds., Sacred and Profane in Early Modern Art, Kyoto Studies in Art History Vol. 1 (Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2016), 129-44.

Japanese version: 望月みや, “複製技術時代における宗教画:世界の「サルス・ポ
プリ・ロマーニ聖母像」をめぐって” in 郭 南燕, ed., キリシタンが拓いた日本語文学:
多言語多文化交流の淵源 (Mia M. Mochizuki, “Fukusei gijutsu jidai ni okeru shuukyouga: Sekai no "Sarusu Popuri Romani Seibozou" wo megutte,” in Nanyan Guo, ed., Kirishitan ga hiraita Nihongo bungaku: Tagengo tabunka kouryū no engen [Legacies of Kirishitan Culture: History, Language, Literature, and the Arts]) (Tokyo: Akashi Shoten, 2017), 273-97.

“The Luso-Baroque Republic of Things and the Contingency of Contact,” Ellipsis. Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association, Vincent Barletta, ed., The Lusophone Baroque [Special issue] 12 (2014): 143-71.

“The Diaspora of a Jesuit Press: Mimetic Imitation on the World Stage,” in Feike Dietz, Adam Morton, Lien Roggen, Els Stronks and Marc van Vaeck, eds, Crosscurrents in Illustrated Religious Texts in the North of Europe, 1500-1800 (Ashgate, 2014), 113-34.

“Shock Value: The Jesuit Martyrs of Japan and the Ethics of Sight,” in Sally M. Promey, ed., Sensational Religion: Sense and Contention in Material Practice (Yale University Press, 2014), 640-81+.

“Iconoclasm,” in Frank Burch Brown, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts (Oxford University Press, 2013), 450-68.

With Yoriko Kobayashi-Sato, “Perspective and Its Discontents or St. Lucy’s Eyes,” in Dana Leibsohn and Jeanette Favrot Peterson, eds, Seeing Across Cultures in the Early Modern Period (Ashgate, 2012), 21-48+.

“Seductress of Site: The Nagasaski Madonna of the Snow,” in Anton W.A. Boschloo, Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Stephanie S. Dickey, Nicolette C. Sluijter-Seijffert, eds, Aemulatio. Imitation, Emulation and Invention in Netherlandish Art 1500 to 1800. Essays in Honor of Eric Jan Sluijter (Waanders, 2011), 76-88+.

“The Movable Center: The Netherlandish Map in Japan,” in Michael North, ed., Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between Europe and Asia, 1400-1900: Rethinking Markets, Workshops and Collections (Ashgate, 2010), 109-33+.

“Ignatius de Loyola, S.J., Geestelycke oeffeninghen van den H. Vader Ignativs van Loyola...(Antwerp: Michiel Cnobbaert, 1673),” in Paul Begheyn, S.J., Bernard Deprez, Rob Faesen, S.J., and Leo Kenis, eds, Jesuit Books in the Low Countries 1540-1773. A Selection from the Maurits Sabbe Library (Peeters, 2009), 196-201.

“Rembrandt’s Ten Commandments. The Impact of Pluralism on the Religious Imagination,” in Olga Z. Pugliese and Ethan Matt Kavaler, eds, Faith and Fantasy in the Renaissance: Texts, Images and Religious Practices (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto Press, 2009), 229-46.

“The Bible on the Wall,” in Wim François and August den Hollander, eds, Infant Milk or Hardy Nourishment? The Bible for Lay People and Theologians in the Early Modern Period, Bibliotheca ephemeridum theologicarum Lovaniensium Peeters and Leuven University Press, 2009), 337-66.

“Idolatry and Western-inspired Painting in Japan,” in Michael W. Cole and Rebecca Zorach, eds, Idols in the Age of Art. Objects, Devotions and the Early Modern World (Ashgate, 2009), 239-66.

“Deciphering the Dutch in Deshima,” in Benjamin Kaplan, Marybeth Carlson and Laura Cruz, eds, Boundaries and Their Meanings in the History of the Netherlands (Brill, 2009), 63- 94.

“The Dutch Text Painting,” Word and Image 23 (2007): 72-88.

“At Home with the Ten Commandments: Domestic Text Paintings in Seventeenth-century Amsterdam,” in Amy Golahny, Mia M. Mochizuki and Lisa Vergara, eds, In His Milieu. Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias (Amsterdam University Press, 2006), 287-300.

“Supplanting the Devotional Image after Netherlandish Iconoclasm,” in Anne McClanan and Jeff Johnson, eds, Negating the Image: Case Studies in Iconoclasm (Ashgate, 2005), 137-62.

Mandarin edition: Nanjing: Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House/Jiangsu meishu chubanshe, 2009), 192-220+.

“An Overlooked Still Life by Jacob Saverij,” Source. Notes in the History of Art 23, no. 4 (Summer 2004): 25-37. “The Quandary of the Dutch Reformed Church Masters,” in Arie-Jan Gelderblom, Jan L. de Jong and Marc van Vaeck, eds, The Low Countries as a Crossroads of Religious Belief. Intersections. Yearbook for Early Modern Studies 3 (2003): 141-63+.

Review Articles

“Wietse de Boer, Karl A.E. Enenkel and Walter S. Melion, eds, Jesuit Image Theory,” Journal of Jesuit Studies 4 (2017): 679-81, DOI: //booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/22141332-00404008

“John W. O’Malley, S.J., ed., Art, Controversy and the Jesuits. The Imago primi saeculi Societatis Iesu,” Journal of Jesuit Studies 3 (2016): 488-91, doi: booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22141332/3/3.

“Marcia B. Hall and Tracy E. Cooper, eds, The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church,” Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu 83 (2015): 550-53.

“Iconoclasms: Koenraad Jonckheere, Antwerp after Iconoclasm. Experiments in Decorum, 1566-1585, and Angela Vanhaelen, The Wake of Iconoclasm. Painting the Church in the Dutch Republic,” Oxford Art Journal 37/1 (March 2014): 99-103, doi: 10.1093/oxartj/kct038.

“Rose Marie San Juan, Vertiginous Mirrors. The Animation of the Visual Image and Early ModernTravel,” The Journal of Early Modern History 18/4 (2014): 612-13, doi: 10.1163/15700658-12342430.

“Els Stronks, Negotiating Differences. Word, Image and Religion in the Dutch Republic,” The Low Countries Historical Review 127/4 (2012): URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-10986 or //www.bmgn-lchr.nl/index.php/bmgn/article/view/8171.

“Ann Adams, Public Faces and Private Identities in Seventeenth-Century Holland: Portraiture and the Production of Community,Sixteenth Century Journal 43 (Summer 2012): 543-45.

“Larry Silver and Shelley Perlove, Rembrandt’s Faith. Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age,” The Catholic Historical Review 96 (Winter 2010): 824-26.

“Julie Berger Hochstrasser, Still Life and Dutch Trade,” Renaissance Quarterly 61 (Winter 2008): 222-223.

“Eric Jan Sluijter, Rembrandt and the Female Nude,” Sixteenth Century Journal 38 (Fall 2007): 749- 50.

Selected honors

Ashgate Editor’s Choice Selection for The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 2015
Research Fellowship, International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), 2014
Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, Graduate Theological Union, 2013
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), 2009
Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, Association of Theological Schools (ATS), 2009
ACE/Mercers’ International Book Award for Religious Art and Architecture for The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 2009
College Art Association Publication Award for The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 2007
Theron Rockwell Field Prize (Best Dissertation in the Humanities), Yale University, 2001