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 Dr. Hans Bloemsma


Hans Bloemsma is an art historian. He studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, the University of Siena, and the University of Groningen, where he graduated in 1993. After working in Italy for several years, he joined the Frans Halsmuseum in Haarlem. In 1998 he returned to Groningen University, first as junior researcher, and later as lecturer. Since 2005 he has been teaching art history at University College Roosevelt. He is currently Head of the Arts & Humanities department.
His research interests focus on Italian art from the late Middle Ages. He has a special interest in narrative painting from that period, which is also the subject of his dissertation (2006).
He is currently working on an annotated edition of letters by Italian artists in the Frits Lugt Collection (Fondation Custodia) in Paris in cooperation with Henk van Veen (Groningen University) and Edward Grasman (Leiden University).


  • ‘Byzantine Art and Early Italian painting’, in: Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe, eds. A. Lymberopoulou and R. Duits, London: Ashgate, 2013, 37-60
  • ‘Venetian Crossroads. East and West and the Origins of Modernity in Twelfth-Century Mosaics in San Marco’, Journal of Intercultural Studies 31 (2010), 299-312
  • ‘Internationalizing the History of American Art by Barbara Groseclose and Jochen Wierich’, Review, European Journal of American Studies (2010-1)
  • Bellissimi favellatori. De verhalende schilderkunst van het Duecento en de stil novo, PhD  dissertation, University of Groningen, 2006
  • ‘Karel van Mander’, in: Painting in Haarlem 1500-1850. The Collection of the Frans Hals Museum, ed. N. Köhler, Ghent: Ludion, 540-43
  • with Bernhard Ridderbos, ‘Gates to Heaven. Gates to the Soul’, in: Signs of Change. Transformations of Christian Traditions and their Representation in the Arts, 1000-2000, eds. H. Petersen, C. Clüver and N. Bell, Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2004, 373-393
  • ‘Giotto en de geboorte van de narratieve kunst in Vasari’s Levens’, in: Polyptiek. Een veelluik van Groninger bijdragen aan de kunstgeschiedenis, eds. H.Th. van Veen, V.M. Schmidt and J.M. Keizer, Zwolle: Waanders, 2002, 101-108
  • ‘De Italiaanse kermis van een Hollandse boerenzoon. Leven en werk van Maerten van Heemskerck’, in: Maerten van Heemskerck 1498-1574: ‘Constigh vermaert schilder’, eds. E.J.A. Zevenhuizen and P.A. de Boer, Heemskerk: Historische Kring Heemskerk, 1998, 13-60 


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