Noa Turel

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY          Office // AEIVA 227           205.934.8973
M.A. Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London; Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara

Areas of Specialization: Northern Renaissance Art, Late Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture, Early Modern Art and Science, Art and Technology

Noa Turel’s research area is Early Modern and late medieval European art in its global context. In her current work she draws on evidence at the intersection of the histories of art, science, and technology to explore the changing epistemology of pictorial representation over the period 1300-1600. She has authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and completed the manuscript of her first book, Living Pictures: A Formative History of Early Netherlandish Painting. She is currently working on her second book project, Ingenious Secrets: Painting and Research in Renaissance Courts.

Dr. Turel has been the recipient of multiple awards, including a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Getty Research Institute, the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, and, most recently, a residential fellowship at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology at the Smithsonian Institution.

Prior to completing her graduate studies, Dr. Turel had interned and worked in curatorial departments at the Courtauld Institute, MoMA, and the Leo Baeck Institute, and co-curated a large exhibition of contemporary body art at UCSB.

At UAB, she teaches courses in Renaissance, Baroque, and medieval art history. Dr. Turel is particularly passionate about mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and helping them pursue their professional goals. One of her recent MA students has gone on to teach community college art history and the other earned a full fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at Rice University. Prospective applicants for the M.A. program who are interested in any aspect of Early Modern and late medieval European art are encouraged to contact Dr. Turel.