Claudia Swan Associate Professor

Claudia Swan teaches courses on northern European visual culture 1400-1700, art and science, the history of collecting, and the history of the imagination. She is the author of The Clutius Botanical WatercolorsArt, Science, and Witchcraft in Early Modern Holland: Jacques de Gheyn II; and numerous articles on early modern Dutch art and art and science. She is also co-editor (with Londa Schiebinger) of Colonial Botany: Science, Commerce, Politics. Swan has held fellowships and grants from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, and the NEH. Professor Swan is currently working on two books. One is a brief history of the imagination, and a second on the role of exotic goods and exoticism in the formation of the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century.

Program Area: Early Modern

Regional Specialization: Europe

Selected Publications

Claudia Swan, "Lost in Translation: Exoticism in Early Modern Holland."

Claudia Swan, "Memory's Garden and Other Wondrous Excerpts: Ernst Brinck (1582-1649), Collector." Kritische Berichte 3 (2012): 5-19.

Claudia Swan, "Illustrated Natural History."

Claudia Swan, "Collecting Naturalia in the Shadow of Early Modern Dutch Trade."

Claudia Swan, "Eyes Wide Shut: Early Modern Imagination, Demonology, and the Visual Arts."

Claudia Swan, "From Blowfish to Flower Still Life Paintings: Classification and Its Images, circa 1600."

Claudia Swan, "Of Gardens and other Natural History Collections in Early Modern Holland: Modes of Display and Patterns of Observation."

Claudia Swan, "The Uses of Botanical Treatises in the Netherlands, c. 1600."

Claudia Swan, "Making Sense of Medical Collections in Early Modern Holland: The Uses of Wonder."

Carmen Niekrasz and Claudia Swan, "Art."