Professor of Art History
Office: Ontario Hall 322
(613)533 6000 x78288
Early Netherlandish painting; technical art history; applications of digital imaging in art history; digital humanities
PhD, Groningen University, 2005
Ron Spronk is a professor of Art History with a special interest in painting materials and techniques. He studies the genesis of easel paintings (from Van Eyck to Mondrian) with techniques such as infrared reflectography and X-radiography. Findings from technical examinations often hold critically important art historical information.
Originally from the Netherlands, he moved to the USA in 1993 to start work towards his Ph.D. at Indiana University, Bloomington. Before coming to Queen’s in 2007, he worked at the Harvard Art Museums for 13 years where he undertook several interdisciplinary research and exhibition projects, closely collaborating with other art historians, conservators and conservation scientists.
Among his many publications are two award-winning books: Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings (with Harry Cooper) was awarded the 2002 College Art Association/Heritage Preservation Joint Award for Distinction in Scholarship and Conservation, and Prayers and Portraits, Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych (with John O. Hand and Catherine Metzger) received the 2007 George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award from the Art Libraries Society of North America.
In addition to his professorship at Queen’s, Ron Spronk also holds the Jheronimus Bosch Chair at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. He is currently participating in the Bosch Research and Conservation Project, which will result in a major exhibition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in 2016 and in a new monograph on this enigmatic artist. He is also closely involved in the current conservation/restoration treatment of the Ghent Altarpiece, for which he coordinated the innovative on-line research tool Closer to Van Eyck. At Queen’s, he is currently establishing QU-MoLTAH, a mobile laboratory for technical art history. With this facility, small groups of graduate students will be performing technical examinations in museums in Ontario and beyond.
View Ron Spronk's Curriculum Vitae (218 KB)
All by Himself? Remarks on painting technique and attributions in regard to Hieronymus Bosch
Ron Spronk, Nijmegen 2011
| Prayers and Portraits; Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych
John Hand, Catherine Metzger, and Ron Spronk, Washington D.C. , 2006
| Recent Developments in the Technical Examination of Early Netherlandish Painting: Methodology, Limitations, and Perspectives
Molly Faries and Ron Spronk (eds.), Cambridge, MA and Turnhout , 2003
Essays in Context: Unfolding the Netherlandish Diptych
John Oliver Hand and Ron Spronk (eds.), Yale University Press, 2006
Mondrian: The Transatlantic Paintings
Harry Cooper, Ron Spronk and Harvard University (eds.), Yale University Press, 2001
Inside Out, Victory Boogie Woogie: A Material History of Mondrian's Masterpiece
Maarten van Bommel, Hans Janssen and Ron Spronk (eds.), Amsterdam University Press, 2012