Graham LeaLecturer/Visiting Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design
Dr. Graham R. Lea is an art historian trained in late medieval, renaissance, and early modern art of the Low Countries, and he specializes in art and art theory of the Netherlands, 1500-1650. He received a Ph.D. in art history from Emory University and a Ph.D. in art history from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 2022, a J.D. from the University of Memphis in 2012, and a B.A. in art history and classics from Vanderbilt University in 2006.
His current research interests revolve around the relationship between visual art, theater, humanism, rhetoric, and theology. He presently works on a project exploring the biblical history paintings by Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617) and Pieter Lastman (1583-1633), specifically focusing on how these Dutch painters assimilate local rhetorical dramaturgy and performance practices found in the work of local rhetoricians (rederijkers).