Christopher S. Wood, newly named as the Carnegie Professor of the History of Art, focuses his research on the temporalities of art — such as anachronism, archaism, and typology — as well as on folk art and popular culture.
Wood also explores iconoclasm, votive objects and images, pilgrimages, and relics. Major fields and periods of his research include the Renaissance, European art and the New World, primitivisms and revivals, the Early Christian revival circa 1600, the Protestant Reformation, and German and English Romanticism.
Wood received his A.B. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He also studied at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. He joined the Yale faculty in 1992 as assistant professor of art. Wood has held visiting appointments at Hebrew University, the University of California-Berkeley, Vassar College, and New York University.
He is the author or co-author of several books, including “Anachronic Renaissance,” “Albrecht Altdorfer and the Origins of Landscape,” and “Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art,” which won the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship in 2009. He has served as book review editor of the Art Bulletin and is on the editorial boards of RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Art History, ACTA/ARTis, and Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
In addition to curating numerous teaching exhibitions at the Yale University Art Gallery, Wood has curated or co-curated three exhibitions at Yale: “Visions of a Nation: The Illustrated Book in Holland, 1600-1700,” “Holland of the Imagination,” and “Bosch’s Demonology.”
Wood’s awards include a Morse Fellowship from Yale, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Rome Prize Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University; the American Academy in Rome; the American Academy in Berlin; the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; and the Internationales Forschungszentrum für Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna.