Craig Hanson

Craig Hanson

  • Dr. Craig Hanson
  • Professor
    Department Chair
    Associate Director, Honors and Collegiate Scholars, Art History Survey, Italian Renaissance, Baroque and Rococco, Nineteenth Century, Asian art, Senior Art History Seminar
  •  Art and Art History
  • Spoelhof University Center 104B (Map)
  • (616) 526-7544


  • MA, The University of Chicago
  • PhD, The University of Chicago

Academic interests

My research addresses the intersections of art, medicine and antiquarianism, ca. 1600-1820s. I'm especially interested in issues of collecting, patronage, institutional supports for the arts, national identity, art and fashion, and the history of taste. While most of my work up to this point has focused on Britain, the interests of collectors in London ranged much farther afield. And so I follow. Intrigued by their ties to the continent, I'm currently working on a project that explores the close connections between England and the Netherlands.


The English Virtuoso: Art, Medicine and Antiquarianism in the Age of Empiricism, University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Current Project

Book on Anglo-Dutch relations along with an annotated edition of John Evelyn's "Sculptura"—one of the first histories of Europeanprints ever published.

Conference Presentations

"From the Netherlands to England: The Arts, Virtuosi Culture, and the Rhetoric of a National School in the Eighteenth Century,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Richmond (March 2009).

"Painting as Natural Philosophy in the Age of Feeling,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Portland (March 2008).

"Early Modern British Art and the Limits of Nationalism,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Atlanta (March 2007).

"Between Art and Science: Representation, Dr. Richard Mead, and the Royal Society in the Eighteenth Century,” Beyond Mimesis and Nominalism, London School of Economics, London (June 2006).

"Inspiring Reciprocal Emulation and Esteem’: The Case of Dr. Richard Mead and His Collection at Great Ormonde Street,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Montreal (March 2006).

"The ‘Royal Task’ of the History of Trades Program: Francis Bacon, His Legacy, and the Fine Arts in Seventeenth-Century England,” Renaissance Society of America, San Francisco (March 2006).


Professional services

  • College Art Association (CAA)
  • Renaissance Society in America (RSA)
  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS
  • Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture (HECAA)
  • Historians of British Art (HBA)
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP)


Calvin College Faculty Lectureship Award, 2009

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