Dr. Bonnie Noble is an Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Art History and 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 the 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.