History of Art is committed to the pursuit of research excellence across a range of artistic media drawn from different historical periods and geographical areas. Our academic staff and research students contribute to national and international scholarly debate through the publication of high quality books, peer-reviewed articles, and other outputs. In short, we offer a rich, lively and pluralist research environment.

With a diverse graduate student body, History of Art trains its doctoral candidates to be engaged critical thinkers. We encourage a variety of approaches including, but not limited to, close looking and object-based analysis, critical and cultural theory, and historical contextualisation; and we foster sensitivity to the creative use of images in all their aspects, from mass culture to fine art.

Staff Research

  • Dr Flavio Boggi - Research activities embrace the artistic culture of 14th- and 15th-century Tuscany and Emilia, notably the social and political circumstances in which the art of this period was created and received. More
  • Dr Mary Kelly - Research focuses on East-West dialogues in art history and visual culture from 1860 to the present, and on women’s art and gender theories. A monograph on French women Orientalist artists is forthcoming with Ashgate (Taylor & Francis). More
  • Dr Simon Knowles - Research interests target nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British art, most especially the problems raised by representations of the the urban setting. More
  • Dr Sabine Kriebel - Research centres on modern art and photography, with particular emphasis upon the art of the Weimar Republic. Current projects include women photographers of the 1920s, relationality in technological modernity, and the collisions of psychoanalysis and realism. More

Current Student Research

  • Sarah Kelleher, PhD candidate. Thesis working title: 'Sculpture's Metamorphoses: A Study of the Work of Maud Cotter, Dorothy Cross and Alice Maher since 2000'. Supervised by Dr Sabine Kriebel.
  • Matthew Whyte, PhD candidate. Thesis working title: 'Michelangelo’s Early Visual Sources: Mobility, Cultural Translation and Style'. Supervised by Dr Flavio Boggi.

Completed Student Research

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