Christine Petra Sellin

Christine Petra Sellin, Ph.D.

Professor of Art
(805) 493-3564
William Rolland Art Center #101



Art historian Christine Sellin specializes in the religious art, literature, and narrative imagination of the early modern northern Netherlands, the Old Testament in particular. She holds a Ph.D. in art history from UCLA and a B.A. degree in English literature from UC Berkeley. 


Professor Sellin has taught numerous courses at Cal Lutheran: the major art history surveys, parts I and II; Medieval art (200-1300 AD); Pre-Columbian and Andean Art (1500 BCE- 1500 CE); Modern and Contemporary art (1850s-1970s); American art (1500-1960s); Art and Civilization, 16th-19th centuries (honors course); and Medieval Manuscripts (honors course);


Special topic courses taught elsewhere include: Ancient Greek and Roman art; Marcel Duchamp, Dada and Surrealism; Abstract Expressionism; 17th century Dutch Art; Baroque Art; Rembrandt, Rubens and Vermeer; and Italian Renaissance Art.


Professor Sellin has produced scholarly books, articles, reviews and translations. She continues as research associate of UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.  




2003 Doctor of Philosophy in Art History, UCLA

  • Dissertation Thesis: 'Uitgedreven en door Godts Engel geredt’: The Biblical Hagar and Ishmael in 17th Century Netherlandish Painting and Literature
  • Major Specialization: 17th Century Netherlandish Art
  • Minor Specialization: Italian Renaissance Art
  • Advanced to Candidacy 2/26/01. Degree award date: 4/28/03.

1999 Masters of Arts in Art History, UCLA

  • Master's Thesis: Portrayals of the Expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael in 17th Century Dutch Painting
  • Major Specialization: Baroque/Renaissance Art
  • Minor Specializations: Southeast Asian; contemporary Latin American art.

1984 Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, UC Berkeley

  • Senior Thesis: Art, Women, and Creation in James Joyce’s 'Ulysses'


2017  "The Fate of Sir Walter Ralegh’s “Lost” Map of the “Empyre” of Guiana" (in collaboration with P. R. Sellin), ed. E. Geleijns, Een Oud Boeck is Oud Goud: Studies over Bizondere Werken bij het Afscheid van Ad Lierentveld als Conservator Moderne Handschriften van de Koninklijke Bibliotheek. Koninkljke Bibliotheek/De Buitenkant: The Hague, 2017, pp. 238-252.

2015   Exhibition Review. "Spectacular Rubens: the Triumph of the Eucharist at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles", (solicited) College Art Association Reviews, A. Gilbert and D. Raskin, eds. ( August. 

2012    Book review. Matthias Hüning, Jan Konst, Tanja Holzhey (eds.), Neerlandistiek in Europa. Bijdragen tot de geschiedenis van de universitaire neerlandistiek buiten Nederland en Vlaanderen (solicited). BMGN: Low Countries Historical Review, The Hague, vol. 127, March (

2011    Crossing Boundaries and Transforming Identities: New Perspectives in Netherlandic Studies (co-edited with M. Lacy Bruijn). Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies, Münster: Nodus Publikationen.

2011    Guest editor, Dutch Crossing: A Journal of Low Countries Studies(Fall issue), Association for Low Countries Studies in Great Britain. Leeds: Maney Publishing. 

2011     Guest editor, Dutch Crossing: A Journal of Low Countries Studies (Summer issue), Association for Low Countries Studies in Great Britain. Leeds: Maney Publishing.

2011    Translation. Yvonne Bleyerveld, “A Perfect Means of Communication: Allegorical Prints with Moral and Religious Messages Invented by Willem van Haecht”, in Bart Ramakers (ed.) Understanding Art in Antwerp. Classiciszing the Popular, Popularizing the Classic (1540-1580), Groningen: Groningen Studies in Cultural Change 45, pp. 93-107.

2010     From Unholy to Holy: The Four Female Ancestors of Jesus Christ In the Gospel of Matthew  (co-authored with Ruth Mellinkoff), Ruth Mellinkoff Publications, Los Angeles.

2009   “Chin-Chucks and Transparent Veils: The Biblical Judah and Tamar (Gen. 38) in Early Modern Netherlandish Art and Literature”, History in Dutch Studies, ed., M. Lacy (Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies). Münster: Nodus Publikationen, pp. 209-219.

2008    “Abraham as ‘Polygamist’?: Theological, Literary and Artistic Developments in 16th and 17th century Netherlandish Culture”(solicited)History in Dutch Studies, ed. M. Lacy (Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies), Münster: Nodus Publikationen, pp. 201-212.

2006    Fractured Families and Rebel Maidservants: The Biblical Hagar in Seventeenth Century Dutch Art and Literature. New York/London: T&T Clark/Continuum Books.

2003    "The Biblical Hagar and Ishmael in Seventeenth-Century Netherlandish Painting and Conceptions of Family and Community,” History in Dutch Studies, ed. M. Lacy (Publications of the American Association for Netherlandic Studies), Lanham: University Press of America, pp. 181-196. 

1997    "The Making of 'Che!': The Demythification of an Icon," in D. Kunzle, ed., Che Guevara: Icon, Myth and Message, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, pp. 98-103.