Catherine B. Scallen
Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor in the Humanities
and Chair of the Department of Art History and Art
Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1990
M.A. Williams College
B.A. Wellesley College
Dr. Scallen is a specialist in Northern Baroque art, with a particular emphasis on the art of Rembrandt. At Princeton she wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on Rembrandt's etchings of Saint Jerome, and served as a lecturer on the faculty for a year. After obtaining her doctorate, she conducted research on Dutch paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (then in Malibu) as a Graduate Fellow in the Paintings Department. Earlier, at Williams she co-curated a traveling exhibition, "Cubism and American Photography, 1910-1930," and worked for the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute.
First arriving at Case Western Reserve University in 1991-92 as a visiting professor of art history, she rejoined the Case Western Reserve University full time in 1995 and was tenured in 2001. From 1992 to 1995 she taught at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Dr. Scallen has published articles and catalogue essays on various topics in the art of Rembrandt, the historiography of art history, as well as on seventeenth-century Flemish drawings, nineteenth-century French paintings, and American photography. Her book, Rembrandt, Reputation, and the Practice of Connoisseurship (Amsterdam University Press, 2004), traces the development of modern Rembrandt connoisseurship in the formative period from 1890 to 1935 as a study in the professionalization of art-historical practices. She is currently at work on projects about the history of women as connoisseurs, the role of connoisseurs in developing the Old Master public collections in Berlin and London, and on an essay arguing for the need to integrate Rembrandt's activities in all three media in discussions of his art and career.