BA - University of Chicago
MA - University of Texas at Austin

Kendra Grimmett is a PhD Candidate specializing in early modern art (1350-1650), especially the material culture and social history of Germany and the Low Countries. Her research analyzes depictions of the body across media and geographies by situating artworks in period discourses on gender, sexuality, and identity. Her forthcoming dissertation, “Grappling with Hercules: Masculinity and the Male Body in Rubens’s Time,” reframes the study of the early modern nude by analyzing the understudied, yet omnipresent bodies of men in the oeuvre of Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). The project investigates how depictions of male bodies, created by and for specific men in Antwerp, convey and challenge notions of seventeenth-century masculinity. In addition to her work on gender, sexuality, and depictions of the body in and beyond the European tradition, Kendra studies the embodied viewer, art patronage, collecting histories, and portraiture. 

Kendra received her BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.), and the Rubenianum. In 2018, Kendra won the Humanities category of the Grad Ben Talks with her paper, “Looking at Art with Your Body in Mind.” 


"Stumbling along the Virtuous Path with Rubens's Drunken Hercules," Cultuur in de Nederlanden in interdisciplinair perspectief, Jaarboek de Zeventiende Eeuw (September 2020): 41-66.

"A Place is Carefully Constructed: Reading the Nuremberg Cityscape in the Nuremberg Chronicle," Our Sense of Place: Exploring Sites in Japan, the United States, and Beyond, April 2015.

Research Interests

Northern Europe; Fifteenth- to Seventeenth-Century Art; Genders/Sexualities/Feminisms

Field of Study