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08 Mar 2019

Setting the Scene: The Architectural Imagination of Renaissance Artists.

A workshop organised by Dr Livia Lupi, History of Art Research Fellow, will take place at Warwick in London on 24th May 2019

Setting the Scene: the Architectural Imagination of Renaissance Artists is a workshop exploring the representation of architecture in European painting between the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries. Focusing on Italy and the Netherlands, its aim is to analyse the roles of architecture in narrative scenes.

04 Mar 2019

Dr Otto Saumarez Smith has edited Oxford DNB February Update.

Dr Otto Saumarez Smith has been an advisory editor and key contributor for the February Update of the Oxford Dictionary of National Bibliography. This update has a focus on planners responsible for the redevelopment of Britain’s cities in the years after 1945. The subjects include three of Coventry’s town planners and designers: Sir Wilfred Burns, Percy Edwin Alan Johnson-Marshall, and Frederick Bernard Pooley.


04 Feb 2019

Open Letter from staff of the History of Art Department.

The Department of History of Art wishes to express its profound concern at the recent events involving students who posted rape threats and hate speech online.

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14 Jan 2019

Call for Papers: 'Victoria's Self-Fashioning' international conference.


The conference will take place on the 20-21 May, 2019, at Kensington Palace. Please send proposals of 400 words maximum, for papers of twenty minutes, together with a short biography of 100 words maximum, to Dr Sara Ayres ( The submission deadline is 28 February 2019.

11 Dec 2018

Accessing ‘Island’ - Warwick students participate in discussion at Venice Biennale

Students from the University of Warwick have been key participants in an open discussion/performance at the Venice Biennale British Pavilion.

10 Dec 2018

Metamorphosis of Frankenstein - Taster Day for school students.

On the 7th November, a Faculty of Arts Year 9 taster-day brought together 40 students from schools in Coventry and Birmingham, to explore some of the themes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The aim of the day was to introduce students to the breadth of perspectives offered by arts subjects and to hopefully inspire them to consider the arts in their future studies.

10 Dec 2018

Participation in Ribero International Study Day at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

Professor Lorenzo Pericolo and Dr Carlo Avilio are taking part in an international study day at the Dulwich Picture Gallery - Ribera’s Art of Violence: New Intersections and Interventions. The event relates to the exhibition Ribera: Art of Violence (26 September 2018 – 27 January 2019), and comprises academic and public sessions.

06 Dec 2018
28 Nov 2018

Paul Smith - livestream of Cézanne event at Herbert Art Gallery.

You can watch Professor Paul Smith in an event which will be streamed live from Coventry's Herbert Art Gallery. He will join Darryl Georgiou of Coventry University to discuss works in the current exhibition Cézanne: Montagne Sainte-Victoire showing the well-loved and significant painting by Cézanne lent by the Courtauld Gallery in London, and paintings from the Coventry collection by artists such as Paul Nash, David Bomberg, LS Lowry and Prunella Clough.

08 Nov 2018

Melanie Zefferino appointed to jury panel of Osten Biennial of Drawing.

Photograph of the jury.History of Art Teaching Fellow Dr Melanie Zefferino has been appointed a juror for the Osten Biennial of Drawing, an international event based in Skopje, Macedonia. An article including interviews with all the jurors has just been published on the website itsliquid. The other two members of the panel are Manos Stefanidis (former Curator of the National Gallery of Greece, commissioner for the Greek Pavilion at the 1990 Venice Biennale, and Professor of art history at Athens University), and Sonja Abadzieva (director of the Contemporary Art Museum of Skopje, 1965-2005, and founder of the The Large Glass contemporary art magazine).

The Osten Biennial of Drawing is an exhibition of drawings, prints, photos, and other techniques applied on paper open to artists from around the world. This year the Osten Biennial of Drawing is giving a special award in memoriam to Henry Moore.


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28 Oct 2018

Film by Josefine Baark - ‘The Mystery of the Chinese Mechanism’.

Leverhulme Post Doctoral Fellow, Josefine Baark, has produced a documentary film, entitled ‘The Mystery of the Chinese Mechanism’ (Det Kinesiske Urværks Hemmeligheder) in collaboration with Christian Laursen Film.

25 Oct 2018

First Frances Clarke Annual Lecture - "Exhibiting Tintoretto at 500".

Tintoretto at 500 exhibition logo.The first Frances Clarke Annual Lecture will take place at the Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava in Venice on 16th November.

Frederick Ilchman, co-curator of this year's anniversary exhibitions at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, will talk about Tintoretto's artistic achievement and give an insider's view of the organization of the exhibitions.

Frederick Ilchman was part of the curatorial team for the Museo del Prado's Tintoretto exhibition in 2007 and lead curator for "Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice" at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Musée du Louvre in 2009. He also serves as Chairman of Save Venice Inc., the American counterpart to Venice in Peril.

The Frances Clarke Annual Lecture
"Exhibiting Tintoretto at 500"
Frederick Ilchman, Chair, Art of Europe at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Warwick in Venice & History of Art Department
Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava, Venice.

16th November at 6 p.m.

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