University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts

Pamela Merrill Brekka

Associate Professor of Instruction, Art History
Ph.D., University of Florida
Phone: (813) 974-2360
Office: FAH 252

Pamela Merrill Brekka specializes in Northern Renaissance and Baroque art. Her research interests include the history of cartography; infrared reflectography for the examination of underdrawings in paintings; the sixteenth-century Antwerp print market; Reformation era exegesis and the illustrated bible, and the history of Jewish art.

At USF, Brekka teaches the History of Visual Arts (HVA) I + II, and undergraduate surveys and seminars in Renaissance Cartography, Northern Renaissance Art and Dutch Baroque Art. She has taught at The University of Tampa, the University of Florida, and Hillsborough Community College, Ybor.


Book Reviews

Nils Büttner, Hieronymus Bosch: Visions and Nightmares. London: Reaktion Books, 2016." Comitatus 48 (September 2017): 10-12.


"Tabernaculi interiori," in Voir double. Pièges et révélations du visible, edited by Michel Weemans, Dario Gamboni and Jean-Hubert Martin, 212-213. Translated by Jean-François Allain. Paris: Hazan, 2016.

"Picturing the 'Living' Tabernacle in the Antwerp Polyglot Bible," in The Anthropomorphic Lens: Anthropomorphism, Microcosmism and Analogy in Early Modern Thought and Visual Arts, edited by Walter Melion. Michel Weeman and Bret Rothstein. 207-230. Leiden: Brill. 2014.

"The Antwerp Polyglot's New World 'Indian-Jew' Map as a Reflection of Empire," Imago Mundi: International Journal for the History of Cartography, in "Doctoral Theses in Progress," edited by Elizabeth Baigent, vol. 63, part 2 (June 2011): 240-243.

"Pieter de Hooch," "Nicolaes Maes," "Pieter Brueghel the younger," and "Jan Breughel the elder" in Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution 1600-1720, edited by Christopher Baker, 35-35, 179-180, 247. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2002.

"An Early Netherlandish Adoration of the Magi," Record of the Art Museum, Princeton University, vol. 59 (2000): 56-61.

"Hieronymus Francken's The Witches Sabbath: A Historical Perspective," in Patience and Passion: Old Master Paintings from the Arnold and Seena Davis Collection, 5-7. exh. cat. Fairfield: Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery, 1995.


"What visual literacy means to me"