Betsy Wieseman
  • Betsy Wieseman

Marjorie E. Wieseman

Chair of European Art from Classical Antiquity to 1800 and Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos Jr. Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, 1500-1800

Marjorie E. (Betsy) Wieseman joined the CMA in 2017 as the Paul J. and Edith Ingalls Vignos Jr. Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture, 1500–1800, bringing with her considerable curatorial experience. Prior to joining the CMA she served as curator of Dutch paintings 1600–1800 at the National Gallery, London, 2006–12; from 2012–17 she was also responsible for 17th- and 18th-century Flemish paintings. At the National Gallery she curated and co-curated several acclaimed exhibitions including Dutch Flowers (2016); Rembrandt: The Late Works (2014–15); Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure (2013); Close Examinations: Fakes, Mistakes, and Discoveries (2010); and Dutch Portraits: The Age of Rembrandt and Frans Hals (2007).

Before moving to London, Wieseman held curatorial positions in two Ohio museums. As curator of European paintings and sculpture at the Cincinnati Art Museum (2001–6), she curated a variety of exhibitions including Perfect Likeness: European and American Portrait Miniatures from the Cincinnati Art Museum (2006) and Drawn by the Brush: Oil Sketches by Peter Paul Rubens (2004). As curator of Western art before 1850 at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College (1993–2000), she initiated exhibitions and research projects that focused on her area of specialization—17th-century Dutch painting—as well as exhibitions devoted to American landscapes, German Expressionist paintings, and portrait miniatures, among others.

Wieseman has contributed to numerous exhibitions in the field of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish painting, including most recently: Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry (2017); Beyond Caravaggio (2016); and Vermeer and Rembrandt: The Masters of the 17th Century Dutch Golden Age (2016). She has also published scholarly essays and articles on a wide range of topics in the field of 17th- and 18th-century Netherlandish art, portrait miniatures, technical art history, and the history of collecting.

Wieseman earned her PhD from Columbia University, and her BA and MA degrees from the University of Delaware. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellowship from CASVA, a Theodore Rousseau Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Fulbright grant for graduate study abroad.