Dr Albert Godetzky

Associate Lecturer

Albert Godetzky’s research concentrates on Northern European art of the early modern period. He received his PhD from the Courtauld with a thesis on the political dimensions of the works of Hendrick Goltzius and Cornelis van Haarlem in light of the Dutch Revolt, positioning their depictions of the human body within a moment of unprecedented social change. As Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld and Visiting Lecturer at the Victoria & Albert Museum, he teaches on topics related to sixteenth- through eighteenth-century art, including portraiture in Northern Europe, cultural legacies of the Reformation, imperialism and its sites of global exchange.

Through research, publications and lectures, Albert’s interests broach a variety of topics including Kunst- and Wunderkammern, depictions of the animal, the corporeal fragment, and, recently, musical instruments and the politics of musical performance in the early modern period. Moving beyond the temporal framework of his specialism, Albert frequently hosts dialogues on art historical topics with contemporary artists.

Before joining the Courtauld, Albert was the Harry M. Weinrebe Curatorial Fellow at the National Gallery, London, where he contributed to exhibitions including Rembrandt: The Late Works and Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure. He gained further curatorial experience with works on paper at the Courtauld Gallery’s collection of Prints and Drawings. Albert also works as a cultural advisor to several international corporate institutions and private individuals, drawing on his experience in the field and using education to widen understanding of and participation in the study of art history.


  • Ph.D, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 2020 (Supervised by Professor Joanna Woodall)
  • MA, Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, 2012
  • History of Art Research Scholarship, École pratique des hautes études, (Sorbonne IV), Paris, 2011-2012
  • BA, Department of Art History, New York University, New York, 2007

Research Interests

  • Northern European Art, 1400-1800
  • Early Modern ideas of nature
  • Rudolfine art, patronage and cultural exchanges with the Netherlands
  • ‘Mannerism’
  • History of collecting
  • The body; fragmentation

Selected Publications

Book review: Marisa Bass, Insect Artifice: Nature and Art in the Dutch Revolt (Princeton, 2019) in The Burlington Magazine March 2020:162, pp. 260-61.

Catalogue contributions: The National Gallery Catalogue of 18th-century French Paintings by Humphrey Wine (National Gallery, London, 2018).

Article: “Jean Etienne Liotard and seventeenth-century Dutch Painting,” The Burlington Magazine February 2017:159, pp. 117-21.

Article: “Countenances of the Deepest Attentiveness: The Historical Reputation of Jan van Scorel’s Portraits,” in R. Woodfield and M. Grzeda (eds.), “Reconsidering the Origins of Portraiture.” Journal of Art Historiography, No. 17 (2017).

Book review: Marisa Bass, Jan Gossart and the Invention of Netherlandish Antiquity, (Princeton, 2016) in Art History May 2017:40 no. 3, pp. 675-76.

Exhibition and catalogue review: Sally Metzler, Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague (2014), in The Burlington Magazine March 2015:157, pp. 216-17.

Book review: Christopher D.M. Atkins, The Signature Style of Frans Hals: Painting, Subjectivity, and the Market in Early Modernity (2011), in The Burlington Magazine February, 2014:156, p. 115.