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Thu 10 Jun 2021, 12:22 | Tags: Rankings, General

Danielle Stewart joins the department

Dr Danielle Stewart, specialist in Modern and Contemporary art and architecture across Latin America, joins the department.

Mon 21 Sep 2020, 17:27 | Tags: Impact, Research, General

Finalist Charity Culley awarded Dissertation Prize

History of Art student Charity Culley has been awarded a prize by Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance for her Finalist Dissertation. The Dr Greg Wells Undergraduate Essay Prizes, now in their third year, are awarded for the best undergraduate intermediate-year and final-year essays and dissertation.

Charity was was awarded for her dissertation focusing on ‘Disguised Symbolism In Lucas Cranach’s Salome At The Feast Of Herod’

Tue 21 Jul 2020, 13:31 | Tags: Student Research, Undergraduate, General, Alumni, Awards

Film Screening and Conversation with Oraib Toukan

On Wednesday July 22 we are delighted to be welcoming artist Oraib Toukan to speak about her work, in particular When Things Occur: a 'desktop film' based on Skype conversations with Gaza inhabitants over the summer of 2014. This powerful and topical film probes the face of mourning and grief – its digital embodiment, transmission, and representation. It asks how the gaze gets channeled within the digital realm, how empathy travels, who is 'local' in the representation of war, and what it means to view suffering 'at a distance'.

The film will be made available ahead of the event via a protected Vimeo link for all those who register.

Call for Papers: Architecture in the Arts

Call for papers on Architecture in the Arts: The Intersection of Artistic and Architectural Practice on a Global Scale. Open to postgraduate students, early career researchers and established scholars alike, papers focusing on the period between c. 1300 and c. 1600 will be presented at a study day and will be considered for publication in a special issue of Architectural History. 

Proposals of Max. 300 words for twenty-minute contributions and a brief CV should be sent to Livia Lupi ( by 13 March 2020

Presentation of Prof. Lorenzo Pericolo's Guido Reni Volumes in Bologna

New translated Volumes of Malvasia's Life of Guido Reni edited by Professor Lorenzo Pericolo will be presented at the Pinacotena Nazionale Bologna on 21st January 2020.

These volumes arise from a radical re-discussion of historical sources and a deep exploration of the theoretical principles of Malvasia. Illustrated with numerous colour images, and a monographic essay by Lorenzo Pericolo. 

PhD studentship on the Responses to the Medieval in Art, Architecture and Heritage

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD (via MPhil route) studentship on the following topic: The Responses to the Medieval in art, architecture and heritage from the early- to mid-twentieth centuries in the interpretation of medieval heritage in Coventry, c. 1900-c.1960.

The deadline for applications is December 13, 2019.

FIND OUT MORE about this studentship.

Tue 15 Oct 2019, 09:00 | Tags: Funding, Postgraduate, General

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

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