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Mieke Bal is a leading scholar in art history and visual studies, with an international reputation in the English-speaking world. Recognised as one of the most innovative and distinctive thinkers in critical theory, her work is also widely read in translation. The author of many prize-winning and acclaimed studies, Bal’s innovative approaches have had a profound and lasting impact on the study of the art and visual culture. history of art and visual studies. About Mieke Bal provides the first sustained scholarly assessment of Bal’s writings in art history, visual studies and critical theory. With contributions by distinguished senior scholars and stellar younger writers, About Mieke Bal considers Bal’s writings in depth, developing and extending her thinking in exciting and provocative ways, and providing enlightening reflection on many of her most important ideas and concepts. At the centre of the book is a conversation between Mieke Bal and Michael Ann Holly that reflects on Bal’s characteristic entanglement of the professional, the familial, and the political, identifying a key characteristic – ‘restlessless’ – which has yielded Bal’s extraordinarily wide-ranging interests across the humanities. Well-known for Reading Rembrandt, Beyond the Word-Image Opposition (1991) and Quoting Caravaggio: Contemporary Art, Preposterous History (Chicago, 1999), this collection considers the art of the past alongside more recent film, photography, graffiti, interactive immersive environments, online performance, and areas of visual interest often positioned outside the pages of art history.