Associate Professor of Art History and Religion
Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Chair of Art History and Religion
B.A., Vassar College
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Phone: (510) 549-5010
- HSRA 3490: Masterpieces of Religious Art
- HSRA 5865: The Baroque Spirit
- HSRA 3531: Visual Theology
- HSRA 4639: Art of the Jesuit Missions
- RAHS 5000: Art & Religion Area Proseminar (with Michael Morris, O.P., Ph.D. and Rossitza Schroeder, Ph.D.)
About the Professor
Mia M. Mochizuki grew up in Europe, Japan and the United States. She was educated at international Sacred Heart schools, Groton School, Vassar College, Leiden University and Yale University (Department of the History of Art). In 2005, she joined the faculties of the Jesuit School of Theology and the Graduate Theological Union after teaching in the art history departments of Columbia University and the University of Chicago. At the GTU, she has served as Chair of the Art and Religion Area from 2007 to 2009, and she has been Co-director of the Yale Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion since 2008. She is also Affiliated Faculty in the Department of the History of Art and the Department of Dutch Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Her awards include a J. William Fulbright/Netherland-America Foundation Fellowship, a Yale University Theron Rockwell Field Prize, a Henry Luce III/Association of Theological Schools Fellowship in Theology and a Charles A. Ryskamp/American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship.
Professor Mochizuki specializes in Northern European religious art and architecture. Her research has focused on Reformation, seventeenth-century Dutch and global Baroque art. She is the author of The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672. Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age
(Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), which addresses the challenges for church decoration in the first century after iconoclasm, and was awarded the College Art Association Publication Award for 2007 and the ACE/Mercers’ International Book Award for Religious Art and Architecture in 2009. She has also co-edited In His Milieu. Essays on Netherlandish Art in Honor of John Michael Montias
(Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2006) on the use of archives and economic history for the study of art history.
As the holder of the Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Chair of Art History and Religion she teaches courses that encourage the interdisciplinary exploration of visual resources for research and ministry. Her introductory level courses include Masterpieces of Religious Art and Visual Theology, and she has led advanced research seminars on Iconoclasm and the Image, Religious Rembrandt, the Baroque Spirit, the Art of the Jesuit Missions and the Jesuits and the Arts.
Currently she is on research leave through September 2011, working on a book-length manuscript entitled, Sensory Worlds. The Jesuits and the Earliest European Art in Japan, 1549-1639.
- The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672. Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008).
- With Amy Golahny and Lisa Vergara, eds, In His Milieu. Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2006).
- “Ignatius de Loyola, S.J., Geestelycke oeffeninghen van den H. Vader Ignativs van Loyola... (Antwerp: Michiel Cnobbaert, 1673),” in Paul Begheyn, S.J., and Rob Faesen, S.J., eds, Jesuit Books in the Low Countries 1540-1773. A Selection from the Maurits Sabbe Library (Leuven: Peeters, 2009), 196-201.
- “Rembrandt's Ten Commandments. The Impact of Pluralism on the Religious Imagination,” in Matt Kavaler and Olga Pugliese, eds, Faith and Fantasy in the Early Modern World (Toronto: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto Press, 2009), 229-46.
- “The Bible on the Wall,” in Wim François and August den Hollander, eds, Infant Milk or Hardy Nourishment? The Bible for Lay People and Theologians in the Early Modern Period, Bibliotheca ephemeridum theologicarum Lovaniensium (Leuven: Peeters and Leuven University Press, 2009), 337-66.
- “The Movable Center: The Netherlandish Map in Japan,” in Michael North, ed., The Market for Exposure. Reimagining Cultural Exchange between Europe and Asia, 1400-1900 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), 77-89+.
- “Idolatry and Western-inspired Painting in Japan,” in Michael W. Cole and Rebecca Zorach, eds, Idols in the Age of Art. Objects, Devotions and the Early Modern World (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009), 239-66.
- “Deciphering the Dutch in Deshima,” in Marybeth Carlson, Laura Cruz and Benjamin J. Kaplan, eds, The Boundaries of the Netherlands. Real and Imagined (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 63-94.
- “The Dutch Text Painting,” Word and Image 23 (2007): 72-88.
- “At Home with the Ten Commandments: Domestic Text Paintings in Seventeenth-century Amsterdam,” in Amy Golahny, Mia M. Mochizuki and Lisa Vergara, eds, In His Milieu. Essays on Netherlandish Art in Memory of John Michael Montias (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2006), 285-99.
- “Supplanting the Devotional Image after Netherlandish Iconoclasm,” in Anne McClanan and Jeff Johnson, eds, Negating the Image: Case Studies in Iconoclasm (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005), 137-62.
Also published in Chinese by Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House (2009), 192-220+.