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Huemer, Frances

    Full Name: Huemer, Frances

    Gender: female

    Date Born: 1921

    Place Born: Newark, Essex, NJ, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): Baroque, Flemish (culture or style), Northern European, and painting (visual works)

    Career(s): educators


    Rubens scholar and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill professor, 1959-77. Huemer graduated from the Woman’s College of Duke University in 1944. She moved to New York where she wrote her Master’s thesis (1952) at New York University. She taught art history at Smith College while pursuing her dissertation, co-supervised under Richard Krautheimer and Walter F. Friedländer. It was granted in 1959 on baroque architectural decoration in Rome. That year she joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She remained there the rest of her career. She received a Kress fellowship in 1972 to study the portraits of Rubens. This resulted in the 1977 volume on Rubens’ portraiture (I) for the catalogue raisonné on Rubens.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] A Study of Roman Architectural Decoration of the Seventeenth Century. New York University, 1959; “Raphael and the Villa Madama: General Plan Attributed to Battista da Sangallo.” Marsyas 2nd Supplement I (1965): 92-9; [Rubens’] Portraits pt. 1. Corpus Rubenianum Ludwig Burchard 19. London: Harvey Miller, 1977; “Dionysiac Connection in an Early Rubens.” Art Bulletin 61 (December 1979): 562-74; “A New View of the Mantuan Friendship Portrait.” in, Papers Presented at the International Rubens Symposium: April 14-16, 1982, the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Sarasota, FL: John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Foundation, 1983; Rubens and the Roman Circle: Studies of the First Decade. New York: Garland, 1996; “Borromini and Michelangelo.” [series of articles] Source 18, no. 4, (summer 1999): 19-29, Source 20, no. 4, (summer 2001): 12-22, Source 20, no. 4, (summer 2001): 23-29, Source 21, no. 1, (fall 2001): 17-23, Source 21, no. 2 (winter 2002): 30-35.


    Directory of American Scholars. 8th edition, vol. 1. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1982, p. ; personal information.


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