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Dr. J.F.J. (Judith) Noorman

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis
Photographer: Bob Bronshoff

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
Postal address
  • Postbus 94551
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • Teaching

    'We schrijven een boek' van Judith Noorman is op dinsdag 7 juli 2020 uitgeroepen tot het meest vernieuwende vak van de Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen. Het vak, waarin studenten in enkele weken tijd een boek schreven over kunstvrouwen in de Gouden Eeuw, won ook de Publieksprijs. Voor meer over de Onderwijsprijs, klik hier. In november 2020 is het boek gepubliceerd door W Books. Hier lees je in een interview met de studenten en de docent meer over het vak en de totstandkoming van het boek, dat hier te koop is. De boekpresentatie vond plaats in het Rijksmuseum en is opgenomen. Wil je meer over het vak weten, bekijk dan deze video of volg gouden.vrouwen op Instagram.

    Judith Noorman has taught at New York University and the University of Amsterdam. Her field of expertise is early modern Netherlandish art. She has taught courses and supervised theses (MA, BA, history and art history) on amongst others drawings, the nude in western art, and women in art history. Didactically, she preferences an interdisciplinary approach at the at the MA level and a hands-on teaching method in the BA, such as professional simulations and the so-called Flipped Classroom. As an advocate of professional education (beroepsonderwijs), Noorman prioritizes teaching methods that best prepare her students for a career in art history, museums, and the arts in general. Students who took her class 'We are writing a book' wrote a book in two months, advancing both their writing and editing skills. Students taking her research seminar: Drawings in Focus (Tekeningen in focus) conducted object based research on the collection of the Amsterdam Museum, wrote blogs and made vlogs for Het Hart van Amsterdam, and conducted new and original research on the practice of drawing.


    As of September 1, 2022, Judith Noorman is coordinator of Arts of the Netherlands, a MA program (part of the MA Curating Arts and Cultures) that allows students to specialize in object based research and prepares them for a future career in art history, museums and/or research.


    Courses (selection):

    - We Are Writing a Book

    - Lady of the House. Women an the Art Market of the Golden Age

    - Dutch Art of the Golden Age

    - Applied Art History: Review Writing

    - Drawing in Focus. Old Master Drawings at the Amsterdam Museum

    - Drawing Nude Models

  • Research

    Judith Noorman researches early modern Netherlandish art, with specific interests in 1) women in history and the arts, 2) the interrelationship between art, honor, and succes in artists' biographies, and 3) drawings practices, such as nude modelling sessions.


    1. Her current research aim to better understand the impact of women, as artists and consumers, on the art market in the seventeenth-century Netherlands. To complete this project, she was awarded the prestigious NWO VIDI-Grant worth 800,000 euros. With prof. dr. Grijzenhout, she presented a paper on this topic at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (Albuquerque 2018). The paper can be read here. Also with prof. dr. Grijzenhout, Noorman chaired the HNA-sponsored session on the same topic at the Annual Conference of the College Art Association (New York 2019). In the next years, she plans to expand this line of research in various ways, pending funding.


    2. On April 14, 2020, a new book by Judith Noorman will be presented: Art, Honor and Success in The Dutch Republic. The Life and Career of Jacob van Loo. Focusing on the interrelationship between Jacob van Loo’s art, honor, and career, this book argues that Van Loo’s lifelong success and unblemished reputation were by no means incompatible, as art historians have long assumed, with his specialization in painting nudes and his conviction for manslaughter. Van Loo’s iconographic specialty – the nude – allowed his clientele to present themselves as judges of beauty and display their mastery of decorum, while his portraiture perfectly expressed his clients’ social and political ambitions. Van Loo’s honor explains why his success lasted a lifetime, whereas that of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Vermeer did not. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book reinterprets the manslaughter case as a sign that Van Loo’s elite patrons recognized him as a gentleman and highly-esteemed artist. The publisher is Amsterdam University Press and the topic is based on her dissertation, which she completed at New York University.


    3. In 2016, Noorman guest curated the exhibition Rembrandt’s Naked Truth. Drawing Nude Models in the Golden Age at the Rembrandt House Museum. The grand narrative of the exhibition was based on her postdoctoral research at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, where she was a Research Fellow immediately following her dissertation's defense. In the accompanying catalogue, of which she was one of the two editors, as well as a main author, she explains a unique phenomenon: the rise of informal drawing groups in seventeenth-century Amsterdam and their relation to prostitution, which was thriving at the time. In 2019, she did preparatory research and developed the concept for a second exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum: Rembrandt's Social Network.


    Judith Noorman has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the Fulbright Foreign Grant (2007), the Theodore Rousseau Art History Fellowship of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2010), the Fulbright-American Friends of the Mauritshuis Fellowship (2013), Lowell Libson Postdoctoral Fellow of the Drawing Institute (2014), UvA FGw Aspasia Fellowship (2018), and Historians of Netherlandish Art Fellowship (2019).

  • Publications

    Selected publications:


    J. Noorman, Art, Honor and Success in The Dutch Republic. The Life and Career of Jacob van Loo, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam University Press 2020.

        - To order the book, click HERE.

        - For a review written by Wayne Franits (Distinguished Professor of Art History, Syracuse University), click HERE.

        - For a review written by Walter Melion, Candler Professor at Emory University, and President of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, click HERE.


    Helmer Helmers, Geert Janssen and Judith Noorman (ed. et al.), De zeventiende eeuw, Leiden University Press 2021.

                Judith Noorman, Helmer Helmers en Geert Janssen, 'Inleiding'.

                Judith Noorman, 'Beeldende kunst m/v', pp. 333-356.

                Interview with J. Noorman about the publication in Folia. Author: Mella Fuchs.


    Judith Noorman (ed. et al.), Gouden vrouwen van de zeventiende eeuw. Van kunstenaars tot verzamelaars, W Books Zwolle 2020.

                Interview about the publication and production process. At the bottow of the article are several links to more media coverage.



    J. Noorman, “Rembrandt’s Competitors, 1650-1670”, in: N. Middelkoop and R. Ekkart eds., Rembrandt and Amsterdam Portraiture, exhibition catalogue, Madrid, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid 2020 (appears in February).

    J. Noorman, “Rembrandt in vriendenboeken,” in: Epco Runia and David de Witte, Rembrandts sociale netwerk, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam, Rembrandt House Museum, 2019.

    J. Noorman, “‘Schatten van de konst.’ The Drawings Collection in the Album Amicorum of Jacob Heyblocq (1623-1690),” Delineavit & Sculpsit 44 (2018), pp. 12-31.

    J. Noorman and F. Grijzenhout, ‘Lady of the House. The Household, Art and Memoria in the Dutch Republic’, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, Albuquerque, November 1-4, 2018. Published and accessible on

    J. Noorman (ed. et al.), Rembrandt’s Naked Truth. Drawing Nude Models in the Golden Age, exhibition catalogue, Amsterdam, Rembrandt House Museum, 2016.

    J. Noorman, “Drawing into the Light. The State of Research in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Drawings,” in: W. Franits (et al ed.), Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth-Century, Abingdon: Routledge 2016, pp. 321-337.

    J. Noorman, “A Fugitive’s Success Story. Jacob van Loo in Paris (1661-70),” Art and Migration. Netherlandish Artists on the Move, 1400-1750, Netherlandish Yearbook for the History of Art 63 (2014), pp. 302-322.



    Selection of Chaired Conference Sessions:

    Virtual symposium: HNA's Pandemic Intermission, 2021.

    Vice and Virtue in the Early Modern Low Countries, Annual Conference De Zeventiende Eeuw, Interdisciplinary Conference, Antwerp 2019.

    The Female Impact. Women and the Art Market in the Early Modern Era, chaired with prof dr. F. Grijzenhout, HNA sponsored session at the Annual Meeting of the College Arts Association, New York 2019.

    Artists Drawing Close Together. The Informal Academies of Netherlandish Art, 1400-1750, double session, HNA-sponsored session, Renaissance Society of America Conference, New York 2014.

    Dutch Classicism Revisited, HNA/AANS Interdisciplinary Conference, Boston 2014.

  • Editorial work

    Judith Noorman is chair of the editorial board of the book series Studies in Early Modernity in the Netherlands, which is published by Amsterdam University Press.

    Judith Noorman is on the editorial board of the online open access journal Early Modern Low Countries.

  • Managerial work

    Judith Noorman was Manager (onderwijs coordinator) of the Bachelor Art History at the University of Amsterdam (2016-2020).

  • Lectures

    Selection of papers and invited lectures:

    With Catherine Powell, 'Early Modern Dutch Women and the Household. Performing Art, Performing Gender', workshop for symposium: Attending to Women, 2022. Chicago, Newberry Library 2022.

    With Robbert Jan van der Maal, 'Household Heroine. A Newly Discovered Ledger and Approaches for Studying its Richly Documented Art Purchases', session: Breaking Conventions and Confronting Gender: The Multifaceted Relationship Between Women and Art in the Low Countries, 1500–1800, conference: Historians of Netherlandish Art (HNA), 2022.

    'The Invisibility Myth. Women, Art and Household Consumption in the Dutch Republic', sessie: Archive, Object, Image: Reading Against the Grain in the Dutch and Spanish 'Golden Ages', conference: College Art Association, Chicago 2022.

    'Where Are They Now?', Pecha Kucha for the Faculty Opening of the Academic Year, University of Amsterdam, 2021.

    'Women, Art, and Household Consumption in the Dutch Seventeenth Century', Alumni Lezingenreeks: Dit hebben we in huis, University of Amsterdam, 2021.

    "The Pretty Girl and the Scholar. men and women in Rembrandt's Art", Public Lecture, Royal Castle, Warsaw

    ‘“Eer voor goet”. Society, Honor and Money in the Dutch Golden Age’, Invited Talk in Geneva at the conference: “The Dutch Golden Age: a new aurea ætas? The revival of a myth in the seventeenth-century Republic”, June 2018

    ‘Naked and Tortured. Saint Sebastian in the Visual Arts’, public lecture and introduction to Derek Jarman’s Sebastiane, EYE Film Museum, June 12, 2017

    ‘The Making of Rembrandts Naked Truth’, Rembrandt Cafe, Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam, February 12, 2016

    ‘Het naakt bekeken. Naaktmodellen in zeventiende-eeuws Amsterdam’, RKD Lecture, Netherlands Institute for Art History, The Hague, June 6, 2014

    “Gentleman or Scoundrel? Jacob van Loo’s (1614-70) Reputation Then and Now,” Golden Age Colloquium, Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age, University of Amsterdam, June 2013

  • Publications


    • Noorman, J. F. J. (2021). Beeldende kunst m/v. In H. J. Helmers, G. H. Janssen, & J. F. J. Noorman (Eds.), De Zeventiende Eeuw (pp. 333-356). Leiden University Press. [details]



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  • Ancillary activities
    • Judith Noorman - Art History
      Kunsthistoricus, conservator