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Professor of the History of Art and Architecture, University of California at Santa Barbara, California

Nina Maria Gorrissen Fellow of History - Class of Fall 2014


A specialist in Northern European art of the early modern period at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Mark Meadow explores the histories of rhetoric and collecting as well as early modern ritual and spectacle. He completed his BA, MA, and PhD (1994) at the University of California at Berkeley, after playing Baroque oboe and recorder for several years as a chamber musician, and studying at Oberlin Conservatory, the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, and the Royal Conservatory in s’Gravenhage, Netherlands. Meadow is the author of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Netherlandish Proverbs and the Practice of Rhetoric (Waanders Uitgeverij, 2002) and the editor of several volumes, including translations and critical editions of Symon Andriessoon’s 1550 Duytsche adagia ofte spreeckwoorden (Verloren Uitgeveri, 2003) and Samuel Quiccheberg’s 1565 Inscriptiones vel tituli theatri amplissimi (Getty Research Institute, 2013). Meadow’s research has been supported by the Alfried Krupp-Kolleg at Greifswald Universität, the Netherlands Science Foundation, Kress Foundation, Getty Research Institute, the University of California, and others. As Co-Director of “The Microcosms Project,” at the University of California, Meadow investigated the history, functions, and future of the material collections in the contemporary university. Recently he also co-founded Proteus: Studies in Identity Formation in Early-Modern Image-Text-Ritual-Habitat, a new book series with Brepols Publishers in Belgium.