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Study Afternoon in Rome on Malvasia's Felsina Pittrice, edited by Prof Lorenzo Pericolo.

A Series of lectures will be presented on newly translated Volumes of Malvasia's Life of Guido Reni edited by Proffesor Lorenzo Pericolo will be presented at the Accademia Di San Luca on 23rd January 2020.

Lorenzo Pericolo to present lecture in Vienna at the Kunsthistorisches Museum on January 15

Professor Lorenzo Pericolo will be lecturing on "The Baroque Body: From Caravaggio to Bernini" as part of the "Caravaggio & Bernini: Discovery of emotions" exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

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.

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

    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.


    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.


    Great day for History of Art at ARTiculation 2018 in Cambridge.

    The History of Art Department recently joined other institutions at the annual ARTiculation Finals event at Clare College, Cambridge. ARTiculation is a public speaking competition for 16-19 year olds, offering a chance for pupils from state and independent schools all around the country to engage with art and architecture in a way which encourages looking, thinking and speaking. Nearly 200 people attended the competition.

    Our department had a stall at the University Fair which received many interested visitors, and Dr Sarah Walford presented a seven-minute taster lecture on the Sèvres ‘Copenhagen Vase’, from the Waddesdon collection.

    Sarah Walford at ARTiculation 2018Sarah Walford - “It was a wonderful opportunity to take an object that our first-year students have studied and to show the many ways in which it can be interpreted. It’s important to show that art history can encompass everything from politics to manufacturing process and science to social history.”

    Wed 25 Apr 2018, 09:54 | Tags: Public Engagement, General

    Sarah Walford has spoken on BBC radio about campaign to save tower of listed Coventry church.

    Dr Sarah Walford has been speaking to Trish Adudu on the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire radio Breakfast Show about the campaign to raise funds for the repair of the bell tower of St Oswald’s Church, Tile Hill. The church is one of a group of three parish churches in Coventry designed by the architect Basil Spence. Sarah was asked about Spence and his architecture, and why the tower is important. It was noted that many Coventrians are unaware that these churches in the Coventry suburbs (also Wood End and Willenhall) were designed by the same architect as the Cathedral, and that the campaign is raising awareness of their significance. The three churches have all been listed for their architectural quality and technical innovation.

    You can find out more about The Life and Work of Sir Basil Spence on our project pages.

    (Image credit: cc-by-sa/2.0 © Robin Stott

    Mon 23 Apr 2018, 14:17 | Tags: Broadcast, Public Engagement, General

    In Conversation: Clare Woods and Karen Lang at the Mead Gallery.

    Painting by Clare Woods - English MurderTomorrow evening, Karen Lang (Reader in History of Art) and Clare Woods will be discussing the artist’s new series of paintings in a special event at the Mead Gallery. A panel of University of Warwick academics including Clément Dessy, Johannes Roessler and Jonathan Skinner will comment on Woods’ work and the discussion will then open up to involve the audience.

    Clare Woods’ work is held in many major international collections including those of the University of Warwick, Arts Council England, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, USA.

    The event is organised by the Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature and the Arts.

    Tuesday 16 January 2018, 5.30pm

    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

    Professor Paul Smith and 'The Art Exhibition of the Year' (Daily Telegraph).

    The National Portrait Gallery's new exhibition Cézanne Portraits, which opened on October 26th, is getting 5-star reviews for its wonderful collection of paintings brought together from galleries and collections around the world, some of which haven't been seen in the UK before. The exhibition draws on the expertise of Paul Smith, a leading authority on Cézanne, both for his lecture 'Sit like an apple': painting people as if they were things (in the Late Shift Talks and Lectures series, 30th November, tickets from NPG), and also for an innovative new idea that allows you to take an expert with you around the exhibition.

    Visitors to the exhibition can pick up an app for their smartphone that goes far beyond the usual audio guide. This app bridges the gap between the expert and the gallery visitor and lets Prof Smith share his expertise about the paintings. He shows visitors how to experience the artist's vision, and use of colour, and how to understand Cézanne as the painter he was.

    Cezanne Cezanne

    Paul Cézanne, Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-90. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

    Sat 04 Nov 2017, 13:00 | Tags: Exhibitions, Public Engagement, General

    Professor Lorenzo Pericolo and Dr Giorgio Tagliaferro in latest 'Exhibition on Screen' film.

    Canaletto and the Art of Venice is a feature film about the exhibition of the same name which opened at the Queen's Gallery earlier this year. The exhibition displays a large number of works by Canaletto and related artists from the Royal Collection. A review of the film which summarises the contributions of those interviewed, including Lorenzo Pericolo and Giorgio Tagliaferro, can be found in the Oxford Times.

    Film notice

    Thu 05 Oct 2017, 12:59 | Tags: Broadcast, Public Engagement, General

    Holbein's Lute: PhD student delivers public talk at National Gallery.

    On Wednesday 20th September 2017 Art History PhD student and lutenist Adam Busiakiewicz presented a public talk on Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors.

    The talk focused in on the symbolism and significance of the lute featured within Holbein's enigmatic double portrait. Aside from the broken string which emphasised the growing political discord due to the protestant reformation, Holbein's brilliantly detailed depiction of the instrument provides a thrilling insight into the status of the lute at the court of Henry VIII. The talk was researched in association with London luthiers Sandi Harris and Stephen Barber, who loaned a closely corresponding instrument for the presentation.

    Several pieces of contemporary sixteenth century music were performed in front of the painting, including a printed Lutheran hymn which appears within the painting itself.

    Lute Presentation at the National Gallery



    Enchanted Community - art project for Coventry & Leamington Spa.

    Holly Dawes sampleDr. Alice Eden has begun the Enchanted Community collaborative art project in Coventry and Leamington! The project kicked off with a well-received talk at Leamington Spa Art Gallery on Friday 12th May followed by a family workshop on Saturday 27th May. This series of public engagement workshops, outreach sessions and talks will culminate in an art exhibition in Coventry created by local residents, school children, local artist Holly Dawes and Alice Eden. Please see the project website for more details. This work is supported by Professor Michael Hatt, History of Art and the Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick.


    Wed 31 May 2017, 11:33 | Tags: Public Engagement, Postgraduate, General

    Professor Louise Campbell: 'A background sympathetic to young and energetic minds'.

    Emeritus Professor Louise Campbell will be giving a paper on Sussex University on 15 June at the Oxford Brookes conference 'Architecture Citizenship Space: British Architecture from the 1920s to the 1970s'. The paper is entiltled "'A background sympathetic to young and energetic minds': forming modern citizens at the University of Sussex".

    Lutes at the National Gallery: PhD student presents lunchtime talk & performance.

    Hendrick ter Brugghen. A man playing a lute, oil on canvas. National Gallery, London.On the 26th of April 2017, Art History PhD student and lutenist Adam Busiakiewicz presented a public talk on Ter Brugghen's Lute Player at the National Gallery in London.

    The lute was used by painters to express various ideas in their works, apart from the obvious allusions to harmony and discord. The musical associations with Orpheus, the melter-of-hearts, would not have been lost on the contemporary audience of this painting. Various symbolic links to notions of youth, flippancy and the transience of life and worldly pleasures are also all associated with the mythology of the instrument and its music. Paintings such as Ter Brugghen’s Lutenist allow us to open up a world of understanding how music was appreciated and consumed in the past.

    The talk was accompanied by several live performances of lute music relevant to the period and themes of the painting.


    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.

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