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Staff Research

Our research

The staff of our department study art and architecture ranging from Medieval Europe, to the Contemporary global context. Alongside our output of publications, we share a conviction that research is most rewarding when implemented in exhibitions, symposia, conferences or criticism.

Jenny Alexander
Dr Jenny Alexander: • PublicationsProfile

Medieval Art and Architecture especially the study of medieval and early modern buildings, their construction and use.


Dr Josefine Baark • ProfileResearch

Seventeenth and eighteenth-century art and visual culture; Global art, particularly in China; Automata and mechanization; Portrait sculpture; Miniaturization and scale.


louise_bourdua_80.jpgProf Louise Bourdua: • PublicationsProfile

Artistic patronage, religious orders and intersections between the Veneto and Northern Europe in the later middle ages and Renaissance.


rosie_dias_80.jpgDr Rosie Dias: • PublicationsProfile

Eighteenth and early nineteenth-century British art and visual culture; colonial art, particularly in India; British artists in Venice.


michael_hatt_80.jpgProf Michael Hatt: • Profile
Nineteenth-century Danish art and culture; British and American Art in the 19th and 20th centuries; Visual Culture with a particular interest in gender and sexuality, and in questions of visual racism; the history of art history.

Dr Livia Lupi • ProfileResearch Publications

Late medieval and early modern painting and architecture, especially in Italy; Representations of architecture in the arts of Europe and Asia; Exchanges between Italy and the late Byzantine world; History of rhetoric and its interplay with the visual arts; Architectural drawings; Painter-architect figures; Exchanges between Europe and early modern India.


lorenzo_pericolo_80.jpgProf Lorenzo Pericolo: • PublicationsProfile

Early modern religious art, Renaissance and Baroque art and theory, the influences and cross-fertilizations between the artistic centres of early modern Europe


Dr Otto Suamarez Smith
Dr Otto Saumarez Smith • PublicationsProfile
The profound changes that happened to the state and society in modern Britain viewed through the lens of the built environment.

paul_smith_80.jpgProf Paul Smith: Publications Profile
Later nineteenth-century French painting, and its links with art theory, criticism, and literature. Also; theory and philosophy of art: Wittgenstein’s aesthetics; Adrian Stokes and Richard Wollheim; art and visual perception; colour.

Dr Danielle StewartDr Danielle Stewart: Publications Profile

Photography and urbanism in mid-century Latin America; the relationship between visual culture and the built environment; Brazilian Modernism; contemporary Latin American Photography; ecocriticism; photographic surveys; photography and race.

Dr Giorgio Tagliaferro: • PublicationsProfile

Images and the story of their production, reception and impact on the formation of cultural identities within specific contexts, especially in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe.

ProfileDr Naomi Vogt: • PublicationsProfile

20th and 21st century visual culture; moving image within history; documentary practices; the post-internet; video installation; rituals; the circulation of tropes and iconographies; art and knowledge.


Dr Sarah Walford: • PublicationsProfile

The life and career of Coventry's first City Architect, Sir Donald Gibson, and Coventry's pioneering role in post-war public sector architecture.

Dr Tom Young • ProfileResearch

Art in India, Empire, Lithography, Mass media technology, Rise of the Counterculture, Nineteenth Century art and printmaking, Artistic technology as a driver for historical change.

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