Ashley D. West, Ph.D.

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Ashley D. West, Ph.D.

Ashley West teaches courses on Northern Renaissance and Northern Baroque art, with a particular expertise in the history of prints. She studies processes of cultural transmission and the dissemination of knowledge in the early modern period, as well as opportunities for artistic exchange through travel and portable objects, pilgrimages, diplomacy, warfare, global trade and exploration, and early collecting practices. Dr. West received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She has been involved in the international research project on “BildEvidenz” at the Freie Universität in Berlin, and her work has been supported also by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) and Andrew Mellon Foundation, among others. She has published on early etchings; woodcuts of late medieval relic collections; history painting and the German sense of the past; early modern antiquarianism; and early representations of peoples from the coast of Africa and India. Her bookHans Burgkmair and the Visual Translation of Knowledge in German Renaissance Art reevaluates notions of the German Renaissance through the prints, drawings, and paintings of Hans Burgkmair the Elder, a contemporary of Albrecht Dürer. West is currently working on the visual culture and technologies of sixteenth-century Augsburg and on early modern theories of representation.