Lynn Frances Jacobs

Lynn Frances Jacobs

Distinguished Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5202

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Lynn F. Jacobs is a specialist in the art of Northern Europe in the fourteenth through mid-sixteenth centuries. She has published three books -- one on Netherlandish carved altarpieces, another on Netherlandish painted triptychs, and one on liminality in Netherlandish art.  In addition, she has written numerous articles on Netherlandish painting, sculpture and manuscript illumination, and is particularly well known for her research on the art of Hieronymus Bosch. She has received research grants from the Belgian-American Educational Foundation, two major fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a research fellowship from the DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). In 1990 she was awarded the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize, presented by the College Art Association for an especially distinguished article published in The Art Bulletin. Currently she is engaged in writing a book on German fifteenth-century triptychs, which is under contract with Amsterdam University Press.

Netherlandish painting, sculpture and manuscript illumination, Netherlandish triptychs, Netherlandish carved altarpieces, German painted triptychs, liminality in Netherlandish art, Hieronymus Bosch

Lynn teaches courses in Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Northern Renaissance and Baroque Art, and has offered seminars in Medieval Manuscript Illumination and Images of Women in Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt. In 2015 she received the University of Arkansas's highest teaching award, the Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award. She has also received an award of excellence from the University of Arkansas Teaching Academy. Lynn's commitment to student success is also evidenced by her co-authorship of two books: Professors’ Guide to Getting Good Grades in College published by Harper-Collins  (2006), and The Secrets of College Success (Wiley, 2010).

ARHS 2913 (Survey 1); ARHS 4843 (Medieval Art); ARHS 4853 (Italian Renaissance); ARHS 4863 (Northern Renaissance); ARHS 4873 (Baroque); ARHS 4973 (Seminar in Art history;  includes seminars on The Medieval Illuminated Manuscript, Images of Women in Dutch Art in the Age of Rembrandt)

Lynn received her B.A. in art history from Princeton University and her M.A. and Ph.D in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University.

Selected Publications:

Thresholds and Boundaries: Liminality in Netherlandish Art (1385-1530).  London: Routledge Publishing Company, Visual Culture in Early Modernity Series, 2017.

"Strategies of Intimacy: Memling's Triptych of Adriaan Reins." The Primacy of the Image in Northern European Art, 1400-1700: Essays in Honor of Larry Silver, 3-15.  Leiden: Brill, 2017.

"Inside/Outside: Bosch's Triptych of the Crucified Martyr (Wilgefortis Triptych)." In Jheronimus Bosch: His Life and Work, 138-155. 4th Annual Jheronimus Bosch Conference. 's-Hertogenbosch: Jheronimus Bosch Centre, 2016.

"The Thresholds of the Winged Altarpiece:  Altarpiece Exteriors as Liminal Spaces." In Klappeffekte: Faltbare Bildträger in der Vormoderne, edited by David Ganz and Marius Rimmele, 209-231.  Bild + Bild, vol. 4. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer, 2016.

"'Tu labora': Peasants in their Places in the Très Riches Heures."  Jaarboek van het Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, 2013-2014, 9-51.

Opening Doors: The Early Netherlandish Triptych Reinterpreted.  University Park: Penn State Press, 2012.

“Rubens and the Northern Past: The Michielsen Triptych and the Thresholds of Modernity.” Art Bulletin 91 (2009): 302-324.

"The Triptychs of Hieronymus Bosch." The Sixteenth Century Journal 31 (2000): 1009-1035.

Early Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces, 1380-1550: Medieval Tastes and Mass Marketing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

"The Inverted "T"-Shape in Early Netherlandish Altarpieces:  Studies in the Relation Between Painting and Sculpture." Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 57 (1991): 33-65.

"The Marketing and Standardization of South Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces: Limits on the Role of the Patron."  Art Bulletin 71 (1989): 208-229.


Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas, 2016-present; Professor, University of Arkansas, 2009-2016;  Associate Professor, University of Arkansas, 1995-2008; Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas, 1989-1995; Assistant Professor and Andew W. Mellon Fellow, Vanderbilt University, 1986-1989; Instructor, California State University, Northridege, 1982-1985

Research Awards: DAAD Research Stay Grant, 2018; Fellow, Zentralinstitut fuer Kunstgeschichte, Munich, 2018;  Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2006-2007, Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1992-1993;  Belgian American Educational Foundation dissertation grant, 1980-1981

Internships: J. Paul Getty Museum, Manuscripts Department, 1985-1986; National Gallery of Art, Northern European Paintings, 1979

Research prize: Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize, presented by the College Art Association, 1990

Teaching prize: Charles and Nadine Baum Faculty Teaching Award, 2015, University of Arkansas Teaching Academy Award of Excellence, 2015