Art historian Marina Belozerskaya’s research has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of Renaissance art. In her book Perceiving the Renaissance: Burgundian Arts Across Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2002), she argues for a new paradigm that views the cultural and artistic developments in this period not through the lens of Italy, but rather from a pan-European perspective, and strongly influenced by the Burgundian Court—the most illustrious in its day. Her interdisciplinary analysis of the Burgundian arts as internationally recognized markers of refinement and power offers a more pluralistic and cosmopolitan picture of Early Modern Europe.
Belozerskaya, the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Bunting during 1999–2000, will spend this year writing a new book, “The Luxury Arts of the Renaissance” (Phaidon Press Ltd., 2003), in which she will reevaluate the hierarchy of arts in Renaissance Europe, emphasizing the roles of gem-studded gold work, richly embellished armor, splendid tapestries and embroideries, and ephemeral multimedia spectacles in constructing the political, social, and religious interactions in the Renaissance.
Belozerskaya earned her PhD in art history from the University of Chicago.