Claudia Swan

Mark S. Weil Professor, Art History and Archaeology

I am a historian of early modern European art. Over the past several years my research and teaching has increasingly focused on what I believe is central to any account of the aesthetics and cultural production of the era and place: the history of Blackness, race, and slavery. I have published and am writing on Black labor in the production of collections of exotica; the Dutch taste for ebony; and the depiction of Black servants in European portraiture. In spring 2022, I will co-teach with Angela Miller a 200-level course Picturing Race (L280).

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