Dr. Saskia Beranek


About Dr. Saskia Beranek

Dr. Saskia Beranek is a Content Contributer in the area of Early Modern Dutch and Flemish art. Her research focuses on female patrons and artists in the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic with particular interest in the interaction between paintings, architecture, and garden design. Beranek received an M.A from Duke University and her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and teaches widely on Renaissance and Early Modern topics in both art and architectural history.



Rembrandt, The Jewish Bride, detail
With its almost sculptural surface and dazzling range of textures, this painting once reduced van Gogh to tears.

Rembrandt, The Jewish Bride



Is this the eighth wonder of the world? Amsterdam’s leaders thought so—their hall contains a universe in miniature.

The Town Hall of Amsterdam