Faculty Bio

Susan Donahue Kuretsky

Professor of Art on the Sarah G. Blanding Chair

A specialist in Dutch art of the seventeenth century, Susan Donahue Kuretsky received her A.B. from Vassar College and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. As Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Art, she teaches courses at Vassar in northern Renaissance and Baroque art, as well as a freshman writing course. She has also taught at Boston University and at Smith College (as Kennedy Professor of Renaissance Studies).

Professor Kuretsky is the author of a monograph on the Dutch genre painter, Jacob Ochtervelt and co-author (with Arthur Wheelock and George Keyes) of Masters of Dutch Painting, Catalogue of Seventeenth Century Dutch Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts.  She has also been a planner and co-author for two international exhibition catalogues:  Gods, Saints and Heroes (at the National Gallery in Washington and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam) and Great Dutch Paintings in America (at the Mauritshuis in The Hague and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco). In 2005 she was the organizer and curator of a traveling loan exhibition:  Time and Transformation in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art, at the Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and the Speed Art Museum in Louisville. She has published numerous articles on Rembrandt as a printmaker (the focus of her current research) and has lectured widely at colleges, universities and museums.