Rembrandt Duits

Deputy-Curator, Photographic Collection

Research Interests
 Art History | Art Markets | Textile and Costume History| Renaissance Material Culture | Renaissance Art Theory
 Iconography | Medieval and Renaissance Astrology | Survival of the Pagan Gods | Byzantine Art and Archaeology | Art Historiography



Rembrandt Duits is Deputy-Curator of the Photographic Collection. He studied Art History at the University of Utrecht (MA, PhD) and joined the staff of the Warburg Institute in 1999.


PhD Supervision

Rembrandt Duits has co-supervised PhD Projects on:

  • The Chronicles of Jan van Naaldwijk (Dutch medieval chronicles of history)
  • The Language of Jan Baptista van Helmont (17th-century Dutch language and science)
  • The illustrated manuscripts of the Ovidius Moralizatus (survival of the pagan gods in the late Middle Ages)

Current PhD Students

MA Teaching 

  • Option ‘Renaissance Material Culture’ (The Warburg Institute)



  • Renaissance material culture (planned publication)
  • The art of the poor in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (planned conference and publication)
  • Artistic exchanges between Byzantium and western Europe in the depiction of Hell (3 publications forthcoming)
  • Village churches from the Venetian period on Crete (contribution to academic database
Curriculum Vitae


(edited, with A. Lymberopoulou), Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe, London, 2013

(edited, with F. Quiviger), Images of the Pagan Gods. Papers of a Conference in Memory of Jean Seznec, London, 2009 (Warburg Institute Colloquia 14).

Gold Brocade and Renaissance Painting. A Study in Material Culture, London, 2008.


‘Hell from West to East. Western Resonances in Cretan Frescoes,’ in the project volume Damned in Hell on Venetian-Dominated Crete 1211-1669, forthcoming.

‘Byzantine Icons in the Medici Collections’, in A. Lymberopoulou and R. Duits (eds),  Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe, London, 2013, pp. 157-88.

“Abiti gravi, abiti stravaganti”. Veronese’s Creative Approach to Drapery’, in V. Brilliant and F. Ilchman (eds), Paolo Veronese. A Master and His Workshop in Renaissance Venice, Sarasota 2012 (exhibition catalogue), pp. 58-69.

“Una icona pulcra”. The Byzantine Icons of Cardinal Pietro Barbo’, in Ph. Jackson and G. Rebecchini (eds), Mantova e il Rinascimento italiano. Studi in onore di David S. Chambers, Mantua 2011, pp. 127-42.

‘The Waning of the Renaissance’, in R. Duits and F. Quiviger (eds) Images of the Pagan Gods. Papers of a Conference in Memory of Jean Seznec, London, 2009, pp. 21-41.

‘Art, Class and Wealth’, in K.W. Woods, C.M. Richardson and A. Lymberopoulou (eds), Viewing Renaissance Art, London and Milton Keynes, 2007, pp. 21-58.

Articles and papers

‘Classified Iconography. A New Data Model for the Warburg Institute Iconographic Database,’ in S. Kataria, R. Gartner, and G. Sandhu, Proceedings of IEEE 5th International Symposium Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services, February 21st-23rd, 2018, Greater Noida, UP 2018, pp. 161-64.

‘Western Sin and Orthodox Punishment. The Vision of Hell of Theodoros Poulakis,’ in the proceedings of the conference Painting and Society in Venetian Crete. Evidence from Portable Icons (Athens, January 2017), forthcoming

‘The Role of Velvet in Renaissance Painting,’ in the proceedings of the conference Velvets of the Fifteenth Century (Abegg Stiftung, Riggisberg, September 2015), forthcoming

‘Artistic Interactions between Byzantium and Italy in the Palaiologan Era. The Case of Hell,’ in the proceedings of the 48th Spring Byzantine Symposium (Milton Keynes, March 2015), forthcoming.

‘A New Resource Based on Old Principles. The Warburg Institute Iconographic Database’, in Visual Resources XXX/3 (September 2014) (Special Issue: Classifying Content. Photographic Collections and Theories of Systematic Ordering, eds C. Franceschini and K. Mazzucco), pp. 263-75.

‘Reading the stars of the Renaissance. Fritz Saxl and Astrology’, in Journal of Art Historiography, December 2011

‘The Survival of the Pagan Sky’, in R. Duits and F. Quiviger (eds) Images of the Pagan Gods. Papers of a Conference in Memory of Jean Seznec, London, 2009, pp. 97-128.

‘Celestial Transmissions. An Iconographical Classification of Constellation Cycles in Manuscripts (8th-15th Centuries)’, Scriptorium, 59, 2005, pp. 147-202.

‘Figured Riches. The Value of Gold Brocades in Fifteenth-Century Florentine Painting’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 62, 1999, pp. 60-92.


Review of Dorothea McEwan, Fritz Saxl. Eine Biographie. Aby Warburgs Bibliothekar und erster Direktor des Londoner Warburg Institutes, in Peritia. Journal of the Medieval Academy of Ireland 27 (2016), pp. 287-81.

Review of Renata Ago, Gusto for Things: A History of Objects in Seventeenth-Century Rome, in Renaissance Quarterly 67/2 (Summer 2014), pp. 594-5.