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Victor M. Schmidt studied art history at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (1975-1981) and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (1981). He received his Ph.D. from the University in Groningen with a dissertation on the Medieval representations of Alexander the Great. During the 1985-1993 he taught at the Department of Art History in Groningen. In 1993 he received an Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowship from the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts of the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; directly afterwards he became senior research fellow at the Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence till early 1999, when he resumed his teaching activities in Groningen. In 2008 he was visiting lecturer in the MA programme Art History at the Catholic University of Louvain. As of the academic year 2009-2010 he works at Utrecht University.
Victor's major area of expertise is late Medieval and Renaissance art, with special reference to panel painting, the typology and function of art objects, iconography and iconology, the social position of the artist, and early art theory and historiography.
Major publications in these areas: Victor M. Schmidt (ed.), Italian panel painting of the Duecento and Trecento (Studies in the history of art, 61), Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art, 2002; Painted piety: panel paintings for personal devotion in Tuscany, 1250-1400, Florence: Centro Di, 2005; and The altar and its environment, 1150-1400 (Studies in the visual cultures of the Middle Ages, 4). Turnhout: Brepols, 2010, edited with Justin Kroesen.
Victor regularly collaborates with national and international museums, including, in recent years, the Louvre, the Museo diocesano in Milan, and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne. Currently he is contributing to an exhibition on the Burgundian court painter Jean Malouel (Johan Maelwael), which will held in the Fall of 2017 in the Rijksmuseum
. Apart from that he is also working on two projects: studies of Giotto (particularly the 'Navicella', formerly in the atrium of Old St. Peter's in Rome) and Renaissance banners from the Marches.

Victor has an additional interest in Japanese painting. Since a couple of years he is one of the editors of Andon, the journal of the Society of Japanese Art.



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All publications
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2016). Bemerkungen zum frühen deutschen Flügelretabel in seinem europäischen Kontext. In Jochen Sander, Stefanie Seeberg & Fabian Wolf (Eds.), Aus der Nähe betrachtet - Bilder am Hochaltar und ihre Funktionen im Mittelalter. Beiträge des Passavant-Kolloquiums, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, 13.-14. November 2015 (pp. 147-160) (14 p.). Berlin: Deutscher Kunstverlag.
Schmidt, V.M. (2016). Book review: P. Bokody, Images-within-Images in Italian Painting (1250–1350). Reality and Reflexivity. Burlington Magazine, 158, (pp. 206-207) (2 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2016). Buchelius's "Res pictoriae" and the writing about art. In J. Bikker, E. Korthals Altes, E. Schavemakers & E. Hinterding (Eds.), "Gij zult niet feestbundelen" - 34 bijdragen voor Peter Hecht (pp. 183-196) (7 p.). Amsterdam: Waanders, uitgeverij.
  2016 - Professional publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2016). Rain. Andon : Shedding light on Japanese art (102), (pp. 29-35) (7 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (01.09.2016). Report on the ‘Virgin and Child enthroned, with two angels’ (Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Dep. 319). (3 p.). Universiteit Utrecht.
  2016 - Popularising publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2016). Vroege Italiaanse schilderkunst in Museum Catharijneconvent. Catharijnebrief, 34 (1), (pp. 18-20) (3 p.).
  2016 - Other output
V.M. Schmidt (21.06.2016) Chair of session, and presentation of a book: Guariento. Pittore di corte, maestro del naturale (Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana, 2016) by Zuleika Murat
V.M. Schmidt (26.10.2016) Pittura del Trecento nelle Marche
V.M. Schmidt (29.08.2016) Some notes on the ‘Tenschert Hours’
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2015). A Fourteenth-Century Sienese Triptych in the Wallraf. Wallraf-Richartz-Jahrbuch, 76, (pp. 19-33) (15 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2015). Book review of Daantje Meuwissen, Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (ca. 1457-1533). De Renaissance in Amsterdam en Alkmaar, and Het vroegste Amsterdamse schetsboek: een zestiende-eeuws zakboekje uit het atelier van Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen (Berlijn, Kupferstichkabinett, 79 C 2a). The Medieval Low Countries, 2, (pp. 273-277) (5 p.).
  2015 - Professional publications
Schmidt, Victor (2015). Giotto en de schrijvers. Kunstschrift, 59 (1), (pp. 10-13) (4 p.).
Schmidt, Victor (2015). Giotto's Navicella, een verdwenen mozaïek. Kunstschrift, 59 (1), (pp. 8-9) (2 p.).
Schmidt, Victor (2015). Lorenzo Ghiberti over Giotto. Kunstschrift, 59 (1), (pp. 14-15) (2 p.).
Schmidt, Victor (2015). Shells in prints. Andon : Shedding light on Japanese art (99), (pp. 60-63) (4 p.).
  2015 - Other output
V.M. Schmidt (21.05.2015) Giotto’s Navicella: the greatest mosaic in the Latin world
V.M. Schmidt (29.03.2015) Het schilderwerk van Johan Maelwael
V.M. Schmidt (29.08.2015) Het schilderwerk van Johan Maelwael
V.M. Schmidt (28.04.2015) The prophets in the Pisa polyptych by Simone Martini
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, Victor (2014). Diagnosi preliminare di una croce-reliquiario. In Paolo Biscottini & Nadia Righi (Eds.), Museo Diocesano. Lascito Schubert (pp. 11-21). San Vito di Leguzzano: Sassi Editore.
Schmidt, Victor (2014). Framing Antonello's Annunciation in Siracusa. In Michael W. Kwakkelstein & Bette Talvacchia (Eds.), Around Antonello da Messina - Reintegrating Quattrocento culture (pp. 138-151) (14 p.). Florence: Centro Di.
Schmidt, Victor (2014). Giotto and the flood of Florence in 1333: a study in catastrophism, guild organisation and art technology, by Erling S. Skaug (Florence: Giunti, 2013). Burlington Magazine, 156 (1341), (pp. 818) (1 p.).
Schmidt, Victor (2014). La Vierge d'humilité de Niccolò di Buonaccorso. Revue des Musees de France, 2014 (4), (pp. 46-57) (12 p.).
  2014 - Professional publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2014). Schaube und Haube. Kunstschrift, 58 (2), (pp. 6-9) (4 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2014). Sienese schwung. In W. van Welie & Klara Broekhuijsen (Eds.), Gezien met eigen ogen! Topstukken uit de Middeleeuwen in Museum Catharijneconvent (pp. 111-112) (2 p.). Amersfoort: Bekking & Blitz.
Schmidt, V.M. (2014). Verbrokkelde beelden. Kunstschrift, 58 (2), (pp. 22-25) (4 p.).
  2014 - Other output
V.M. Schmidt (25.11.2014) Participant in expert meeting
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2013). Gli arazzi Doria: una lettura iconografica. In F. Barbe, L. Stagno & E. Villari (Eds.), L'Histoire d'Alexandre le Grand dans les tapisseries au XVe siècle. Fortune iconographique dans les tapisseries et les manuscrits conservés. La tenture d'Alexandre dans la collection Doria Pamphilj à Gênes (pp. 73-80) (8 p.). Turnhout: Brepols.
Schmidt, V.M. (2013). Jacopo di Mino del Pelliciaio. In Andreas Beyer, Bénédicte Savoye & Wolf Tegethoff (Eds.), Allgemeines Künstler-Lexikon. Die Bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker (pp. 115-116) (2 p.). Berlijn-Boston: De Gruyter.
Schmidt, V.M. (2013). Mary Magdalen and the risen Christ: changing perspectives. In R. Bieringer, K. Demasure & Barbara Baert (Eds.), To touch or not to touch? Interdisciplinary perspectives on the Noli me tangere (pp. 179-225) (47 p.). Leuven: Peeters.
Schmidt, V.M. (2013). Niccolò di Buonaccorso. Dizionario biografico degli italiani, vol. 78 (pp. 379-382) (4 p.). Roma: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana.
Schmidt, V.M. (2013). Painting around 1400 and the road to van Eyck: notes on an exhibition and a catalogue. Simiolus, 36 (3-4), (pp. 210-224) (15 p.).
  2013 - Professional publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2013). Cast shadows. Andon : Shedding light on Japanese art (95), (pp. 62-66) (5 p.).
  2013 - Other output
V.M. Schmidt (10.10.2013) Jean Malouel: profile of a painter around 1400
V.M. Schmidt (27.01.2013) Johan Maelwael, hofschilder van de Bourgondische hertogen in Dijon.
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). Bookreview Fiori d'Oriente, arte e poesia: metafore e simboli nella cultura artistica e letteraria del Giappone. Andon : Shedding light on Japanese art, 92, (pp. 66-67) (2 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). Bookreview La Vierge au manteau du Puy-en-Velay. Catholic Historical Review, 98, (pp. 839) (1 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). Bookreview National Gallery catalogues. The Italian paitings before 1400. Burlington Magazine, 154, (pp. 848-849) (2 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). Bookreview Primitivi pisani fuori contesto. Burlington Magazine, 154, (pp. 421-422) (2 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). Bookreview Splendid impressions. Japanese secular painting 1400-1900 in the Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne. Andon : Shedding light on Japanese art, 93, (pp. 59-64) (6 p.).
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). Religious panel paintings: types, functions, and spatial contexts. In C. Sciacca (Eds.), Florence and the dawn of the Renaissance. Painting and illumination, 1300-1350 (pp. 79-91) (13 p.). Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum.
  2012 - Professional publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). Johan Maelwael: reconstructie van een grote meester. Kunstschrift, 56 (5), (pp. 14-23) (10 p.).
  2012 - Popularising publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2012). The stones of Florence, colour and polychromy. VisitArt: semestrale di informazione sulle arti a Firenze (6), (pp. 4-5) (2 p.).
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2011). Der Maler und seine Kunst. Über Pietro Lorenzettis Diptychon in Altenburg. In M. Philipp (Eds.), Die Erfindung des Gemäldes. Frühe Italienische Meister bis Botticelli (pp. 46-57) (224 p.). München: Hirmer.
Schmidt, V.M. (2011). Some Notes on Scrolls in the Middle Ages. Quaerendo, 41, (pp. 373-383) (11 p.).
  2011 - Professional publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2011). 105. Hl. Antonius von Padua. In Ch. Stiegemann, B. Schmies & H.-D. Heimann (Eds.), Franziskus – Licht aus Assisi. Katalog zur Ausstellung im Erzbischöflichen Diözesanmuseum und im Franziskanerkloster Paderborn (pp. 323-325) (3 p.). München: Hirmer.
Schmidt, V.M. (2011). 43. Erscheinung des hl. Franziskus auf dem Kapitel zu Arles. In Ch. Stiegemann, B. Schmies & H.-D. Heimann (Eds.), Franziskus – Licht aus Assisi. Katalog zur Ausstellung im Erzbischöflichen Diözesanmuseum und im Franziskanerkloster Paderborn (pp. 165) (1 p.). München: Hirmer.
Schmidt, V.M. (2011). La Vierge d'humilité de Niccolò di Buonaccorso. (4 p.). Paris: Louvre, Département des Peintures.
  2010 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2010). Ensembles of painted altarpieces and frontals. In V.M. Schmidt & J.E.A. Kroesen (Eds.), The altar and its environment, 1150-1400 (pp. 203-221) (19 p.). Turnhout: Brepols.
Schmidt, V.M. (2010). Il polittico bolognese di Giotto e l'iconografia di Dio Padre. In M. Medica (Eds.), Giotto e Bologna (pp. 29-35) (127 p.). Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana.
Schmidt, V.M. & Kroesen, J.E.A. (2010). Introduction. In V.M. Schmidt & J.E.A. Kroesen (Eds.), The altar and its environment, 1150-1400 (pp. 1-10) (10 p.). Turnhout: Brepols.
Schmidt, V.M. (2010). Obras de arte religiosas en la Florencia de finales del Quattrocento: el caso de los Tornabuoni. In G.J. van der Sman (Eds.), Ghirlandaio y el Renacimiento en Florencia (pp. 155-177) (338 p.). Madrid: Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Schmidt, V.M. (2010). Religious material culture in late Quattrocento Florence: the case of the Tornabuoni. In G.J. van der Sman (Eds.), Ghirlandaio y el Renacimiento en Florencia (pp. 308-316) (338 p.). Madrid: Fundación Colección Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Schmidt, V.M. & Kroesen, J.E.A. (2010). The altar and its environment, 1150-1400. (314 p.). Turnhout: Brepols.
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2009). Panel painting in France and the Southern Netherlands and the influence of Italy. In C. Stroo (Eds.), Pre-Eyckian panel painting in the Low Countries, 2. Essays (pp. 183-216) (34 p.). Turnhout: Brepols.
Schmidt, V.M. (2009). Some portraits by Johan Maelwael, painter of the dukes of Burgundy. In Rob Dückers & Pieter Roelofs (Eds.), The Limbourg brothers. Reflections on the origins and the legacy of three illuminators from Nijmegen (pp. 5-17) (13 p.). Bril.
Schmidt, V.M. (2009). The Reverse. In P. Binski & A. Massing (Eds.), The Westminster Retable. History, Technique, Conservation (pp. 136-142) (7 p.). Turnhout / London: Brepols.
  2009 - Professional publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2009). Chinnen's Mount Fuji. Andon : Shedding light on Japanese art (86), (pp. 54-61) (8 p.).
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (2008). Johan Maelwael and the beginnings of Netherlandish canvas painting. In Julien Chapuis (Eds.), Invention. Northern Renaissance studies in honor of Molly Faries (pp. 21-29) (9 p.). Brepols.
  2005 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (05.12.2005). Sano di Pietro "artigiano" : il reliquario di Dresda. In G. Fattorini (Eds.), Sano di Pietro: qualità, devozione e pratica nella pittura senese del Quattrocento (pp. 130-139) (10 p.). Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana, Sano di Pietro: qualità, devozione e pratica nella pittura senese del Quattrocento. Giornate di studio nel sesto centenario della nascita.
  1999 - Scholarly publications
van der Sman, G.J.J., Schmidt, V.M., van Waadenoijen, Jeanne & Vecchi, Marilena (1999). Italy and the Low Countries - The Fifteenth Century. Proceedings of the Symposium held at Museum Catharijneconvent, Utrecht, 14 March 1994. (108 p.). Firenze: Centro Di.
  1997 - Scholarly publications
Schmidt, V.M. (1997). Die Funktion der Tafelbilder mit der thronenden Maria in der Malerei des Duecento. Mededelingen van het Nederlands Instituut te Rome, 1997, (pp. 44-82) (39 p.).
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Currently dr. Victor Schmidt teaches the following course(s):
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Room 1.01
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