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Kristian Zahrtmann article and exhibition

Professor Michael Hatt has published an article titled ‘Zahrtmann’s Symposium: Ethics, History and Desire’ in conjunction with the new exhibition Kristian Zahrtmann: Queer, Art and Passion.

Dr Jenny Alexander: Notre-Dame Fire

Media outlets both in the UK and overseas have sought expert comment from our medieval art and architecture specialist Dr Jenny Alexander regarding the devastating fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral.

This is what she has to say:

The Conversation

TRT World Interview

Dr Jenny Alexander expert comment 

New book from Dr Otto Saumarez Smith: 'Boom Cities'.

Congratulations to Dr Otto Saumarez Smith on the publication of his new book 'Boom Cities. Architect Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain'.

Boom Cities is the first published history of the profound transformations of British city centres in the 1960s.

Fri 29 Mar 2019, 11:27 | Tags: Publications, Research, General, Publication - Book

International conference at Kensington Palace co-organized by Professor Hatt.

Victoria’s Self-Fashioning: Curating Royal Image for Dynasty, Nation and Empire.

Kensington Palace, 20-21 May 2019

Co-organized by Historic Royal Palaces and the University of Warwick, in partnership with the Royal Collection Trust, the Bodleian Library, the University of Oxford and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, to mark the bicentenary of Queen Victoria’s birth.


Pre-University Taster Course at 'Warwick in London'.

Experience what it is like to study History of Art with seminars & visits led by staff from our Department: History of Art Taster Course.

This two-day course is designed for motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are looking to apply for University or have already applied, and is based at 'Warwick in London' in Pancras Square, less than two minutes’ walk from St Pancras International and King’s Cross stations.

    Tue 12 Mar 2019, 16:49 | Tags: Public Engagement, General

    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.

    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.


    Mon 04 Mar 2019, 12:38 | Tags: Impact, Publications, General, Online publication

    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.

    Mon 04 Feb 2019, 12:19 | Tags: General

    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.


    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. The event involved British Council research fellows, Warwick students, and pavilion visitors in a discussion about Island, the 2018 British entry. A web presentation has been produced from the session: ‘Accessing ‘Island’: Experiencing the British Pavilion as (non)spectacle, as spectator, and as spectated'.

    Tue 11 Dec 2018, 09:41 | Tags: Public Engagement, Undergraduate, General

    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.

    Mon 10 Dec 2018, 11:15 | Tags: Public Engagement, General

    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.


    PhD studentship on the history & contribution of Coventry School of Art.

    Applications are invited for a full-time PhD (via MPhil route) studentship on the following topic: College, City and Beyond: the History and Contribution of Coventry School of Art & Design from 1843 onwards.

    FIND OUT MORE about this studentship.

    Thu 06 Dec 2018, 12:25 | Tags: Funding, Postgraduate, General

    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.


    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.


    Thu 08 Nov 2018, 13:36 | Tags: General

    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.

    Sun 28 Oct 2018, 10:38 | Tags: Video and podcast, Impact, Research, General

    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.

    Thu 25 Oct 2018, 10:28 | Tags: General

    Article by Delia Moldovan is published - Astrology & Agriculture.

    Cover of Journal - detail of title.PhD research student Delia Moldovan has published an article entitled ‘Astrology and Agriculture in the Calendar of the Offiziolo of Charles VIII (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, inv. 2502/4)’, in the periodical Rivista di storia della miniatura (22 2018). The article is an interdisciplinary approach to the miniatures of the calendar opening the Officium parvum Beatae Mariae Virginis per annum, held in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. The study sheds new light on the zodiac signs and the occupations of the months depicted in the calendar, particularly investigating two key features characterising the Milanese court of the late fifteenth century: the interest in astrology and the importance given to agriculture.


    Mon 15 Oct 2018, 09:50 | Tags: Student Research, Postgraduate, General, Student publication

    PhD student Fabio Franz article published in MDCCC 1800.

    Mantegna paintingAn article written by History of Art research student Fabio Franz has been published in the Ca' Foscari University of Venice journal MDCCC 1800.

    Disvelando pale, effigi e panneggi. Le ricognizioni danesi di Crowe e Cavalcaselle presents new research on a number of works housed in Danish collections, including celebrated portraits assigned to Titian and Parmigianino and altarpieces by Ortolano and Filippino Lippi. A comparison of the drapery and landscape painting in works by Mantegna, Leonardo, Giovanni Bellini and Jan van Eyck may to be of particular interest to those visiting Mantegna and Bellini, the exhibition currently on show at the National Gallery, London.

    Image caption: Andrea Mantegna, Christ as the Suffering Redeemer. 1495-1500. Tempera on panel, 78 x 48 cm. Copenaghen, Statens Museum for Kunst, inv. KMSsp69. © Public Domain.

    Fri 12 Oct 2018, 12:22 | Tags: Student Research, Postgraduate, General, Student publication

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