Julie Hochstrasser

Professor Emerita

Julie Berger Hochstrasser earned her BA with Distinction in History of Art from Swarthmore College, and at the University of California Berkeley she completed the MA in Renaissance Art and the PhD in Baroque, specializing in 17th-century Dutch Painting. She has held fellowships from Fulbright to the Netherlands, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts in Washington D.C., and the American Council of Learned Societies as Burkhardt Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her teaching addresses history and techniques of Dutch and Flemish painting, history of the print, and global issues in visual culture with special regard to Dutch colonial history. 

The author of Still Life and Trade in the Dutch Golden Age (Yale University Press, 2007) and numerous book chapters and catalogue essays on topics ranging from still life and landscape to the impact of Dutch visual culture throughout the world, Dr. Hochstrasser has lectured widely, from Amsterdam, Leiden, and Wassenaar in the Netherlands, to London and Cardiff (Wales), to Paramaribo (Suriname), Melbourne (Australia), and Taipei (Taiwan). She has served on the Executive Boards of both the Historians of Netherlandish Art and the American Association of Netherlandic Studies. For her current research project, "the Dutch in the World," she has circled the globe to investigate art and visual culture in key sites of early modern Dutch trade throughout the Americas, Africa, and Asia.


  • Book chapter – “Still Lively: Recent Scholarship on Still-Life Painting.” The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century, edited by W. Franits, 43-72. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Book chapter – “Whose Baroque? Drawing and Human Experience Among the Khoikhoi.” Netherlandish Art in its Global Context 2016, edited by T. Weststijn, E. Jorink, & F. Scholten, 196-231. Zwolle: Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek/Netherlands Yearbook for Art History, Waanders Uitgevers. 
  • Catalog entries: Asia in Amsterdam: The Culture of Luxury in the Golden Age, edited by K. Corrigan & J. van Campen. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum; and Waanders Uitgevers. Four Entries. Exhibition at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam and the Peabody Essex Museum of Harvard University, Salem, Massachusetts


  • Edwin L. Weisl Jr. Lectureship in Art History sponsored by the Robert Lehman foundation, Carleton College
  • Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University
Research areas
  • Art history