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Wayne Franits

Wayne Franits

Wayne Franits

Distinguished Professor and Chair


Art and Music Histories
308 B Bowne Hall
Office: 315.443.5038


Medieval and Renaissance Studies


Ph. D. Art History, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1987

M. A. Art History, Queens College, City University of New York, 1981

B. A. Art History, State University of New York @ Stonybrook, 1978


Courses Taught


  • Paper Arts in the Low Countries, 1400-1700
  • Baroque Art in Northern Europe
  • Baroque Art in Southern Europe
  • Art in Eighteenth-Century Europe
  • Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting


  • Problems of Meaning and Interpretation in Northern European Art, 1400-1700
  • Paper Arts in the Low Countries, 1400-1700
  • Seventeenth-Century Dutch Painting
  • Vermeer and Dutch Genre Painting
  • Rembrandt and His Workshop
  • Caravaggio and Caravaggism in Europe
  • Art & Patronage in England, 1558-1702
Research Interests

Wayne Franits is a specialist in seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish art. His extensive publications have explored a variety of topics within the field, ranging from genre painting and portraiture to the work of the Dutch followers of Caravaggio. Franits's courses, particularly those on the M.A. level, tend to be tied to his research interests. In recent years, Franits has published books on the early seventeenth-century Dutch painters, Johannes Vermeer (2015) and Godefridus Schalcken (2018 and 2023) as well as The Ashgate Research Companion to Dutch Art of the Seventeenth Century (2016).

He is currently pursuing research on late seventeenth-century art collections in English country houses and on the art of Rembrandt during his early career in relation to contemporary genre painting.

Wayne Franits examining a large painting

Recent Essays

“The Lure of the South (Review of the Bentvueghels exhibition in Utrecht and the Rombouts exhibition in Ghent),” The Burlington Magazine 165 (August 2023), pp. 874-81.

“Review of Exhib. cat. Vermeer, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, 2023,” Renaissance Studies 37 no. 4 (2023), pp. 609-20.

"Review of Gregor J. M. Weber, Johannes Vermeer: Faith, Light and Reflection,@ HNA Review of Books, posted electronically, April 2023.

"Theodoor Rombouts; A Performer in His Own Paintings," by Wayne Franits, in: exhib. cat. Theodoor Rombouts (1597-1637). Virtuoso of Flemish Caravaggism, ed. Frederica van Dam, Ghent, Belgium: Museum voor Schone Kunsten, 2023, pp. 70-79.

"Utrecht Painters from the Hohenbuchau Collection," by Wayne Franits, in: Johann Kräfter, ed., The Hohenbuchau Collection; A Supplement, Vienna, Liechtenstein. The Princely Collections, 2022, pp. 86-97.

Sparking Dialogue

(Jan. 14, 2020)

Professor Wayne Franits, Professor Joan Bryant and Julia Jessen G'20 curate exhibitions.

Art Historian Appointed Distinguished Professor

(Feb. 1, 2017)

Syracuse University recognizes professor Franits for his tremendous scholarly contributions and intellectual leadership

Art Historian Lectures on Dutch Genre Painting in the Hague

(Jan. 9, 2017)

Wayne Franits shared his expertise in 17th-century Dutch art this past December

Scholarly Detective Work Uncovers Piece by 17th-Century Artist

(Oct. 27, 2015)

Wayne Franits lends drawing, expertise on Dutch painter Godefridus Schalcken

Syracuse Art Historian Publishes Book on Vermeer

(April 15, 2015)

Professor Wayne Franits provides fresh insight into 17th-century Dutch master

Professors Franits, Fadda-Conrey earn NEH summer stipends

(April 13, 2010)

Award supports two months of writing, research