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Principal Art Historian

Emily M. Weeks received her Ph.D. from the Department of the History of Art at Yale University in December 2004. Currently she is an independent art historian and consultant for museums, academic institutions, auction houses, and private collectors in America, Britain, Europe, and the Middle East. She also serves as Principal Lecturer in the Histories of Art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Dr. Weeks’s areas of expertise include Orientalism and nineteenth-century British and European visual culture; she is also the acknowledged expert on the artist Jean-Léon Gérôme and the leading authority on Ludwig Deutsch. Dr. Weeks has lectured widely on these topics and artists, both in the United States and internationally, and has acted as a consultant and guest lecturer for universities, museums, and other academic and commercial venues, as well as for the BBC. Dr. Weeks has organized and contributed to a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions, including The Lure of the East: British Orientalist Painting, 1830-1925 (2008-2009; organized by Tate Britain). Her extensive list of publications includes contributions to scholarly anthologies, academic and popular journals, books on Orientalist art, numerous exhibition and auction catalogues, book and exhibition reviews, and content for museum and institutional websites. Dr. Weeks’s first book, Cultures Crossed: John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876) and the Art of Orientalism, was published by Yale University Press in 2014. Books on Orientalist picture frames, the relationship between amateur photography and Orientalist art, the influence of artist’s tools and materials on their craft, a critical catalogue featuring Ludwig Deutsch’s Egyptian and Orientalist works, and a revised print and digital catalogue raisonné for Jean-Léon Gérôme are in progress. For more on the latter, please visit @theofficialgerome.