Dr. Elsje van Kessel

About Dr. Elsje van Kessel

Dr. Elsje van Kessel focuses on the viewing, use, and display of early modern art. She completed her Ph.D. at Leiden University, the Netherlands (2011), and wrote The Lives of Paintings: Presence, Agency and Likeness in Venetian Art of the Sixteenth-Century (De Gruyter, 2017). She has published articles in Renaissance Studies, the Journal of the History of Collections, Studiolo, and Art History.

Belém Monstrance, attributed to Gil Vicente, 16th century, gold and polychrome enamels, 73 cm x 32 cm x 26 cm (MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon)
The Belém Monstrance is an object of extraordinary artistry that embodies an immediate response to events taking place in Portugal and its overseas expansion.

Belém Monstrance