HENRY M. AND ELIZABETH P. WIESENFELD PROFESSORSHIP
Established in 2006 by the estate of Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld

HENRY M. WIESENFELD, A&S 1928, was a Baltimore native and successful businessman. During his senior year at Johns Hopkins, Mr. Wiesenfeld assumed management of his family’s saddlery and sporting goods business upon his father’s death. Under Mr. Wiesenfeld’s leadership, the company continued to prosper. Eventually, he closed its store at Howard and Baltimore streets but continued to operate a mail-order saddlery business. He sold the business in the early 1960s and became comptrollor for a local printing firm.

Mr. Wiesenfeld attributed his philanthropy to Johns Hopkins University to his deeply held belief in the importance of higher education. He was profoundly grateful for his own education at Johns Hopkins and the impact it had on his life. Another possible motivation for his gift was the special history between his grandfather and Mr. Johns Hopkins. Mr. Hopkins once extended an interest-free loan to Mr. Wiesenfeld’s grandfather, enabling him to re-establish himself following the Civil War.

Mr. Wiesenfeld died on December 2, 2004; his wife, ELIZABETH P. WIESENFELD, died in 1990. The two professorships honoring Mr. and Mrs. Wiesenfeld were established through their estates.

 

STEPHEN J. CAMPBELL, the inaugural Henry M. and Elizabeth P. Wiesenfeld Professor, joined the History of Art faculty in 2002, a department he currently chairs. A specialist in Italian art of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Dr. Campbell’s work focuses on the artistic culture of North Italian court centers, on the Ferrarese painter Cosmè Tura, and the Paduan Andrea Mantegna. His research explores the relationship between artistic theory and practice and literary models of imitation and interpretation, along with the consequences of this encounter for the reception of the work of art in broader social and religious spheres. He is the author of numerous books, including one for a general audience on the Great Irish Famine of 1847-1851, with a preface by former President of Ireland Mary Robinson. He recently completed a book on the rise of mythological painting in Italy and a study of the political dimensions to the sixteenth century court style known as “Mannerism.”