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Christine Petra Sellin, Ph.D.

Professor of Art

Phone: (805) 493-3564
Office: Soiland Humanities Building #227


Art historian Christine Petra Sellin specializes in the religious painting, prints, literature, and narrative imagination of the early modern 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 produced scholarly books, articles, reviews and translations. Her current research deals with church architecture and decoration in Kananga, the Congo. With Africanist Elisabeth Cameron (UC Santa Cruz), Sellin traces developments from the colonial past to the present. 

Sellin is a research associate of UCLA's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and editorial board member of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Netherlandic Studies. 

Professor Sellin is a faculty mentor of CLU's Regals' Basketball Team. 






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 art.

1983 Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, UC Berkeley

  • Senior Thesis: Art, Women, and Creation in James Joyce’s 'Ulysses'
  • Alpha Mu Gamma 
  • Member, '1,000+ Point Club', Cal Women's Basketball Team (total career points scored)


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 inEuropa. 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 ofLow 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 ofMatthew (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.

2008Abraham as ‘Polygamist’?: Theological, Literary and Artistic Developments in 16thand 17thcentury 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 CenturyDutch 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, Mythand Message, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, pp. 98-103.