Lara Yeager-Crasselt is Curator of The Leiden Collection in New York (www.theleidencollection.com). She was formerly Interim Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Clark Art Institute. A specialist in early modern Dutch and Flemish art, Lara received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2013. Lara has held research positions at KU Leuven, Belgium (as a Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellow) and in the Department of Northern Baroque Painting at the National Gallery of Art, and has served as Professorial Lecturer of Art History at The George Washington University and at The Catholic University of America.
Lara is the author of Michael Sweerts (1618-1664): Shaping the Artist and the Academy in Rome and Brussels (Pictura Nova: Studies in 16th- and 17th- Century Flemish Painting and Drawing, 21), published by Brepols Publishers in 2015. She served as co-editor of Splendor, Myth and Vision: Nudes from the Prado (eds. Thomas J. Loughman, Kathleen M. Morris and Lara Yeager-Crasselt), Exh. Cat., Clark Art Institute, Yale University Press, 2016. Her articles have appeared in De Zeventiende Eeuw, Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies and Facts & Feelings. Retracing Emotions of Artists, 1600-1800 (Brepols Publishers, 2015), among others. Lara’s research focuses on painting, sculpture and tapestry in the seventeenth-century Netherlands, and the dynamics of artistic and cultural exchange across early modern Europe.