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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

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. 

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.


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

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.


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

ITV film featuring interviews with Lorenzo Pericolo & Giorgio Tagliaferro.

Canaletto & the Art of Venice opened the major ITV series Great Art yesterday. The five-part series is showing programmes adapted from the full-length feature films originally released in cinemas under the title Exhibition on Screen. Canaletto & the Art of Venice is now available for viewing on the ITV Hub for a limited period!

Canaletto film still

Fri 05 Jan 2018, 08:51 | Tags: Broadcast, Public Engagement, Impact, General

Dr Rosie Dias participates in major British Library research project.

Rosie Dias has contributed to the British Library’s research project, Picturing Places, recently published as a web-based resource exploring the Library’s vast topographical collections. Her two articles, “Recording and Representing India: The East India Company’s Landscape Practices” and “A Map of Kolkata in 1785” draw upon her current research on the East India Company and visual culture, and focus upon works in the British Library’s India Office Collection and King’s Topographical Collection.

Dr Jenny Alexander interviewed on local radio in Burgundy. Listen to France Bleu Auxerre!

Dr.Jenny Alexander (Warwick) and project partner Professor Terryl Kinder (Pontigny) have taken a break from their fieldwork at Pontigny Abbey church to give an interview to local radio station France Bleu Auxerre. The team are continuing their study of masons' marks at this Cistercian building, a project which is providing valuable information about the history of the building as well as exploring a significant new method of research.

Sat 15 Apr 2017, 16:50 | Tags: Broadcast, Impact, Research, General

PhD candidate Carlo Avilio consulted for BBC Worldwide 'Culture' article.

Is this the world's most macabre art gallery?

History of Art Department research student Carlo Avilio is quoted in an online article about the series of frescoes in the catacombs of San Gaudioso in Naples. The article concerns in particular the costumed skeletons which were painted around the skulls of interred nobles embedded in the walls.

Mon 06 Mar 2017, 11:07 | Tags: Public Engagement, Student Research, Impact, Postgraduate, General

Dr Lorenzo Pericolo joins RSC rehearsal to discuss Caravaggio.

History of Art Associate Professor Lorenzo Pericolo joined members of the Royal Shakespeare Company this week at their rehearsal of a new play The Seven Acts of Mercy. The play tracks the creation of Caravaggio’s famous work of the same name which shows seven acts of kindness in a single scene, and which was painted after the artist had killed a man and fled from Rome. Dr Pericolo, author of two books on Caravaggio, answered questions about the artist's approach to painting, his life and reputation, and how he created The Seven Acts of Mercy. The Company included the play’s writer Anders Lustgarten, director Erica Whyman and Patrick O’Kane, who is playing Caravaggio. Find out more on the RSC news page.

The Seven Acts of Mercy opens in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 24 November.

There is a coach trip for students at the University of Warwick on 24 November.

Sun 30 Oct 2016, 09:23 | Tags: Public Engagement, Impact, General

Concealment and Deception - Leamington Spa Art Gallery exhibition.

ECamouflage Exhibition postermeritus Professor Louise Campbell has worked with Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum to research the subject of the forthcoming exhibition, Concealment and Deception: The Art of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa 1939-45. The exhibition tells the story of the camouflage establishment based in Royal Leamington Spa during World War 2. The Civil Defence Camouflage Establishment was founded at the start of the war with Nazi Germany to develop camouflage for strategically important installations like factories, power stations and airfields. Later, in 1941, the CDCE was expanded to include a Naval Camouflage Section and renamed the Camouflage Directorate. The exhibition presents the work of the camouflage staff - often known as 'camoufleurs' - against the backdrop of life on the 'Home Front', and will display an important group of paintings, watercolours and drawings by artists such as Mary Adshead, Dorothy Annan, Stephen Bone, Louis Duffy, Evelyn Dunbar, Eric Hall, Cedric Kennedy, Edwin La Dell, Colin Moss and James Yunge-Bateman.

Concealment and Deception: The Art of the Camoufleurs of Leamington Spa 1939 - 1945

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, 22 July – 16 October 2016

Mon 11 Jul 2016, 16:48 | Tags: Exhibitions, Public Engagement, Impact, Research, General

Exhibition - The Hart Silversmiths: A Living Tradition.

Members of the Department have worked with Compton Verney and the Hart Silversmith Trust to create a new exhibition: The Hart Silversmiths: A Living Tradition. The exhibition explores the work of silversmith George Henry Hart (1882-1973) and three generations of the Hart family, all of whom continue Arts and Crafts traditions. Much of the research for the exhibition was carried out by Dr. Sarah Walford and undergraduate student Pip Shergold. The exhibition is related to the research project Ashbee and After: Drawing in the Silversmiths’ Workshop, directed by Professor Michael Hatt. The exhibition closes 13th September 2015.

Tue 14 Jul 2015, 10:14 | Tags: Exhibitions, Public Engagement, Student Research, Impact, General

Basil Spence - Coventry churches listed by English Heritage.

English Heritage has just added the churches of St John Willenhall and St Chad Wood End to its listed buildings register. With the recent listing of St Oswald Tile Hill (added to list in October 2014) this means that all of Basil Spence’s churches in Coventry are now protected.

They were nominated by Louise Campbell, supported by the Twentieth Century Society.
In assessing them, English Heritage’s inspector drew heavily on research done in 2004-8 by the Basil Spence project team based at Warwick 

The Minister’s decision about whether to list Spence’s Hyde Park Cavalry Barracks in London is now pending – see


Fri 27 Feb 2015, 15:22 | Tags: Public Engagement, Impact, Research, General

'Sculpture Victorious' opens at Tate Britain today!

The major international exhibition co-curated by Michael Hatt of the Department of History of Art has travelled from the United States to London, and opens today at Tate Britain.

Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901 has been organised by the Yale Center for British Art, in partnership with Tate Britain. See earlier news item.

Wed 25 Feb 2015, 08:07 | Tags: Exhibitions, Public Engagement, Impact, General

Modern Coventry church listed by English Heritage.

EHFollowing a proposal by Professor Louise Campbell, the church of St Oswald, Tile Hill Coventry (designed by Basil Spence), which echoes in miniature and in modern materials the design of Coventry Cathedral, was added on 2 October to English Heritage's Register of Listed Buildings

Find out more about our AHRC project: The life and work of Sir Basil Spence 1907-76: architecture, tradition and modernity

See more images on the project page for this building.


Sun 05 Oct 2014, 17:59 | Tags: Public Engagement, Impact, Research, General

'Sculpture Victorious' exhibition reviewed in the Wall Street Journal.


Wall Street JournalThe Wall Street Journal has just published a review of Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901, an exhibition co-curated by Michael Hatt of the History of Art department.

See earlier news item

Wed 01 Oct 2014, 14:43 | Tags: Exhibitions, Public Engagement, Review, Impact, Research, General

Nora Gietz delivers special legacy lecture.

PosterDepartment of History of Art former PhD student Nora Gietz will deliver a special legacy lecture in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo and the 50th anniversary of St.John's International School, Waterloo. She will speak about her doctoral thesis: The Effects of Napoleonic Rule on Venice's Artistic Patrimony.

Nora completed her PhD in summer 2013 and was examined in September 2013.

Thursday October 2 at 19:30, reception from 18:30, Theater of the Performing Arts Center, St. John's International School, Waterloo, Belgium.

Free admission, donations to the scholarship fund gratefully accepted.

'Sculpture Victorious' exhibition opens in the US.

A major exhibition co-curated by Michael Hatt of the Department of History of Art opened in the United States last week.

Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901 has been organised by the Yale Center for British Art, in partnership with Tate Britain, where the show will travel in the spring. Find out more.

Mon 22 Sep 2014, 20:36 | Tags: Exhibitions, Public Engagement, Impact, Research, General

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