Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900; Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives, Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Christopher D.M. Atkins is The Agnes and Jack Mulroney Associate Curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 and Manager of Curatorial Digital Programs and Initiatives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His primary curatorial responsibilities are centered on the Museum’s early Netherlandish, Dutch, Flemish, and German paintings created between 1400 and 1700. In Philadelphia he curated the international loan exhibition, "Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo, and Titian" and co-curated "Old Masters Now: Celebrating the Johnson Collection." He joined the Museum in 2012 after serving as Assistant Professor of Art History at The City University of New York (Queens College and The Graduate Center). He has authored the books The Signature Style of Frans Hals (Amsterdam University Press, 2012), and Wrath of the Gods (Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2015) as well as edited and co-directed the PMA’s first digital publication – The John G. Johnson Collection: A History and Selected Works (2018). After completing his BA at the University of Kansas, he earned his MA and PhD from Rutgers University and studied at the Rijksuniversiteit Leiden, the Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University, and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg.

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