Reilly Shwab

PhD Candidate
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Reilly Shwab specializes in the study of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting, prints, and drawings. His dissertation research centers on depictions of the night in Dutch art from this period and on a number of different ways in which contemporary understandings of the nighttime informed artistic practice throughout the northern Netherlands. To better understand this complex topic he focuses on the most frequently represented subject matter in Dutch nocturnal imagery—religious scenes, urban fires, labor and leisure—and contextualizes the meanings and functions of the remarkable pictures within relevant historical, religious, socio-economic and cultural associations and circumstances. This project has led him to study paintings, prints, and drawings by artists including Leonaert Bramer, Hendrick ter Brugghen, Jan van der Heyden, Aert van der Neer, and Egbert van der Poel, among others. Reilly received his B.A. in art history from the University of Tennessee and his M.A. in art history from the University of Kansas. 

Fields of Study

Seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish painting, prints, and drawings
Depictions of the night in early modern Dutch art

Dissertation Title

Goede Nacht: Images of the Night in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Visual Culture


MA, University of Kansas
BA University of Tennessee

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