Dr. Bonnie Noble has been teaching at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 1999.
She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Northwestern University, her M.A. in Art History from the
University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University. Dr. Noble
specializes in Northern Renaissance art, with a particular interest in the function of images in devotional
practice. Her book Lucas Cranach the Elder: Art and Devotion of the German Reformation, was
published in 2009 by University Press of America. Her work has also appeared in such scholarly
journals as Reformation, Sixteenth Century Journal, and Reformation and Renaissance Review, and
she is the author of chapters in major Art History publications such as The Primacy of the Image in
Northern European Art, 1400-1700 (Leiden: Brill, 2017), Lucas Cranach der Jüngere und die
Reformation der Bilder (München: Hirmer, 2015), and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, 2 nd
edition (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2014). Her article “‘[A] work in which the angels are wont to rejoice’: Lucas
Cranach’s Schneeberg Altarpiece” was honored with the Harold J. Grimm Prize, for the best article
published in the previous year in the international field of Reformation Germany. She has received
grants from the Kress Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the National
Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Noble teaches upper-level classes in Northern Renaissance, Northern Baroque, and Gothic
periods, as well as introductory surveys of Art History from the stone age to the twentieth century. Her
current book project, provisionally called “Mimesis, Melancholia and Misapprehension” explores the
intersection of representational techniques such as linear perspective with the rise of depictions of
Melancholia and anxieties about visual perception. In addition to Art History, Dr. Noble loves gardens,
exploring new cities, yoga, and most of all, her family.