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Curators at the Walters Art Museum

Martina Bagnoli

Martina Bagnoli

Andrew W. Mellon Curator in Charge of Medieval Art and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum

Martina Bagnoli serves as the head of the Department of Medieval Art and the Department of Rare Books and Manuscripts. Research interests include monumental church decoration, illuminated manuscripts and Western medieval sculpture. She has recently curated an exhibition on medieval reliquaries, Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe, co-organized with the Cleveland Museum of Art and with the participation of the Vatican Museums and the British Museum. MORE INFO →


Jo Briggs

Jo Briggs

Assistant Curator of 18th- and 19th- Century Art at the Walters Art Museum

Jo Briggs is in the 18th- and 19th- Century Art Department. Her published research has focused on nineteenth-century academic painting and its relationship to print culture. Her current projects are an exhibit entitled The Scottish Colourists for summer of 2014 and further work on Paul Gavarni to coincide with the 150th anniversary of his death in 2016. She is also working on a book manuscript for Manchester University Press that examines representations of the male body in British visual culture between 1848 and 1851. MORE INFO →


Lynley Anne Herbert

Lynley Anne Herbert

Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum

Lynley Anne Herbert was appointed Assistant Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts in 2013, and has previously worked in the department as a Carol Bates Fellow and as a Curatorial Associate (2010-2013). She specializes in Western medieval manuscripts, and her personal research interests focus on the interplay between text, image, theological thought, and the viewer within Carolingian manuscripts. Her most current article, ?Le toucher de l?Evêque," stems from a keynote address she recently gave in Poitiers, France, and serves as a precursor to her monograph LUX VITA: The Majesty and Humanity of Christ in the Gospels of Sainte-Croix of Poitiers, now in progress.

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William Johnston

William Johnston

Curator Emeritus of 18th- and 19th- Century Art

In 1966, William R. Johnston joined the staff of the Walters Art Museum as assistant director. Over the years, he has held various positions at the Walters including chief curator, associate director and senior curator at large as well as director of the archives. He has organized, or co-organized, numerous exhibitions devoted to 18th- and 19th- century European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts and American paintings. He is the author of William and Henry Walters: The Reticent Collectors. Presently, William Johnston is currently cataloguing the Jean M. Riddell collection of Russian enameled silver and the Olga Pertzoff collection of ethnic jewelry.

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Amy Landau

Associate Curator of Islamic and South Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum

Amy Landau is in the Department of Islamic and South Asian Art. Her research explores shifts in the visual culture of early modern Iran, with particular emphasis on interaction between Safavid Persia and Europe and the Armenian merchant community of New Julfa. She is currently working on an international loan exhibition on the art of the Islamic manuscripts, Traces of the Poet, Artist, and Patron in the Age of Islamic Empires in Fall 2015. MORE INFO →


Robert Mintz

Chief Curator, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum

Robert Mintz is Head of the Curatorial Division and Department of Asian Art. He has explored topics ranging from Japanese medieval narrative paintings and Chinese legends to contemporary institutional architecture and the post-pop avant-garde in Asia.His most recent publication, Japanese Cloisonné Enamels (2009) accompanies a 2010 exhibition of the same name. Today his research focuses on issues arising from the interrelationship of Chinese and Japanese works of art with an emphasis on products of the 18th- and 19th- centuries. MORE INFO →


Joaneath Spicer

The James A. Murnaghan Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art at the Walters Art Museum

Joaneath Spicer is Head of the Department of Renaissance and Baroque Art. She is writing a publication on the Walters' Chamber of Wonders. Her other current research interests include: Italian spalliera 15th-century paintings in the Walters (including the Walters' famous Ideal City painting), the social role and symbolism of the rapier, and the role of the study "from life" in the observational sciences and art of the Renaissance. Her recent exhibition, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, explores the world of Renaissance art in Europe to bring to life the hidden African presence in its midst.  MORE INFO →