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Maryan Ainsworth, who often publishes as Maryan Wynn Ainsworth, born 1949, is an American art historian, author and curator specializing in 14th, 15th and 16th century Northern European painting, particularly in Early Netherlandish painting. She is an adjunct Professor of Art History with Columbia University. Since 1977, Ainsworth is a curator of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.[1] In 2018, she was appointed as Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.[2]

Her 2011 exhibition "Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossaert's Renaissance" featured 160 of Gossart's works, was a critical[3] and public success, and was reproduced in London's National Gallery.[4]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • German Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1350—1600. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2013
  • Ainswort, Maryan W. (2010). Man, Myth, and Sensual Pleasures: Jan Gossart's Renaissance The Complete Works (1 ed.). New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. ASIN B01K0QBQ6U. ISBN 0300166575.
  • Tapestry in the Renaissance: art and magnificence. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2002
  • Early Netherlandish painting at the crossroads: a critical look at current methodologies. Yale University Press, 2001
  • Ainsworth, Maryan W. (2017). Workshop Practice in Early Netherlandish Painting: Case Studies from Van Eyck through Gossart. Me Fecit. 10. Brepols Publishers. ISBN 9782503566689.