The following alphabetical list shows the biographies of past and current year speakers. Please note that the biographies were believed to be accurate when posted, but may not be complete if the subject is not a contributor to the current programme.
Biographies of Lecturers
Dr Victoria Avery
Dr Victoria Avery FSA is Keeper of Applied Arts at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.She is also Director of Studies at St Catherine’s College, specialising in Italian Renaissance art and theory, especially the sculpture, painting, architecture and decorative arts of quattrocento and cinquecento Venice.
Tom Abbott is a long term resident of Berlin, where he has ample opportunity to pursue his passion for architecture from the Baroque to the present day. Born in the United States, he graduated in Psychology and Art History from Minnesota and continued his studies at the Louvre School of Art History in Paris. He has devised and led many cultural tours to Germany.
Professor Anne Anderson
Professor Anne Anderson trained as an Art Historian and Archaeologist at Leicester University and worked as an archaeologist for eight years. She is Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts at Southampton Institute and now concentrates on research and publications. She is currently Hon. Research Fellow at Exeter University and is also a tutor at the V&A. She has published in leading commercial and academic journals and has organised several specialist events and most recently she organised an international symposium, Art For Life’s Sake: Victorian Cultural Philanthropy, with over fifty participants.
Marta Ajmar-Wollheim studied art history in Pavia and Milan; her doctoral research at the Warburg Institute concentrates on women, exemplarity and the domestic arts in Renaissance Italy. She was appointed by the Victoria & Albert Museum to plan and set up the Renaissance specialism within the V&A/RCA MA course in the History of Design, and recently curated the Renaissance House exhibition there.
Adrian Barlow was formerly Director of Public & Professional Programmes and University Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education. Recently retired, he is now Chairman of the English Association and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is Series Editor of Cambridge Contexts in Literature and his publications include The Great War in British Literature (2000); World and Time: Teaching Literature in Context (2009) and Extramural: Literature and Lifelong Learning (2012). Adrian has a passionate interest in buildings, the landscape and stained glass; he is currently working on a book about CE Kempe.
Dr Clare Barlow
Dr Clare Barlow curated the National Portrait Gallery’s widely-acclaimed 2013 display ‘Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor’. She first joined the Gallery as a PhD student in 2005 and returned as an Assistant Curator for the 18th and 20th Centuries in 2011. She now works as an Assistant Curator at Tate Britain and has made appearances in television arts programmes on BBC2 and BBC4.
Suzannah Biernoff joined Birkbeck in 2007 as a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Visual Culture, having previously taught on the Visual Culture programme at Middlesex University and at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Her research has spanned medieval and modern periods: she completed her PhD in Sydney, Australia (it was published in 2002 as Sight and Embodiment in the Middle Ages), and currently works on war and visual culture in early twentieth-century Britain. Her book Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement is due out later this year.
Roger Billcliffe opened his Gallery in Glasgow in 1992, acquiring his premises from The Fine Art Society where he had been a Director since 1979, responsible for the Society’s two Scottish Galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Prior to that he was in charge of the Art Collections at the University of Glasgow, from 1969-77 and was also Keeper of Fine Art at Glasgow Art Gallery from 1977-79. He has published widely on Scottish Art of the last hundred years, his books including The Glasgow Boys, The Scottish Colourists and several works on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the architecture and decorative arts of Glasgow at the turn of the century.
Dr John Bold
Dr John Bold BA, PhD, FSA is a senior lecturer in the history of architecture at the University of Westminster, specialising in the 17th and 18th architecture of London. He is a consultant to the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, and to the National Maritime Museum, and has been consultant to the Cultural Heritage Division of the Council of Europe.
Dr Federico Botana
Dr Federico Botana is a Visiting Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute. His research interests include medieval Italian painting, sculpture and illuminated manuscripts. He has recently completed a monograph on the representation of the Works of Mercy in medieval Italy (forthcoming), and is currently researching didactic illustrations in fifteenth-century Tuscan vernacular manuscripts.
Dr Alixe Bovey
Dr Alixe Bovey lectures in Medieval History at the University of Kent, where she specialises in the visual culture of the later Middle Ages. Her main research focus is Gothic illuminated manuscripts, and she recently presented the BBC4 series ‘In Search of Medieval Britain’, part of the channel’s Mediaeval Season.
Timothy Brittain-Catlin is the author of The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century (2008) and, most recently, of Bleak Houses (MIT Press 2014), a critique of recent methods of architectural history and theory. He has been a regular contributor to The World of Interiors for more than 25 years. He is Reader in Architecture at the Kent School of Architecture, University of Kent.
Sarah Brown became Director of the York Glaziers Trust after many years with the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments and English Heritage. She combines this post with her role as lecturer in History of Art and Course Director of the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management in the University of York. She is chairman of the British Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi and has published widely on historic stained glass.
Spike Bucklow has always enjoyed painting but has never been a painter. He has a degree in Chemistry, a diploma in Artificial Intelligence, a masters in Painting Conservation and a doctorate in Art History. He is currently Senior Research Scientist and Teacher of Theory at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, paintings restoration studio of the Fitzwilliam Museum. His research interests fall into two broad categories – visual perception and artists’ techniques. Research into visual perception includes work on formal connoisseurship of paintings to the classification of technical imagery. Research into artists’ techniques includes theoretical and practical work on pigment recipes. Whilst specialising in pre-twentieth century art, he has particular interest in medieval and early modern painting; his in-depth examination of great thirteenth and fourteenth century paintings has resulted in ground-breaking research into the science and craft of the medieval artist.
Following a degree in Biochemistry and Physiology Peter Bryden qualified as a doctor and practiced as a GP in Hastings until 2010. Wishing to further his interest in the History of Art he enrolled at Birkbeck and was awarded an MA in 2012. His special interest is Victorian Art and he wrote his dissertation on Social Realism and the Victorian Poverty Industry. He lectures on this area for a range of educational courses.
J.B. [Barrie] Bullen
J.B. [Barrie] Bullen is Professor Emeritus at Reading University where he treats the interface between literature and the visual arts. His books include The myth of the Renaissance in nineteenth-century writing (1995), The Pre-Raphaelite body: fear and desire in painting, poetry and criticism (1998), Byzantium rediscovered (2003), a history of the Byzantine revival, and European crosscurrents: British criticism and continental art 1810-1910 (2005).
Caroline Campbell is Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500 at The National Gallery. She is working on two exhibition projects for 2014, one of which examines architecture, its meaning and purpose in Italian Renaissance Painting. Prior to taking up her appointment at the National Gallery, she was Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings at The Courtauld Gallery from 2005-12.
Dr Antonia Gatward Cevizli
Dr Antonia Gatward Cevizli is a specialist in cultural exchange between Italy and the Ottomans during the Renaissance. She is a Course Leader at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, lectures for the V&A and The Courtauld Institute Summer School and has worked as a gallery lecturer for the Tate galleries. She previously taught History of Art at Sabancı University, Istanbul and frequently returns to the city.
Dr Jacqueline Cockburn
Dr Jacqueline Cockburn lectured on European Art at Birkbeck for twenty years specialising in Spanish Art, having completed her PhD in both the Spanish and History of Art departments. She has led the History of Art department at Westminster School for many years and is now freelance lecturing in London, at Christie’s Education amongst other institutions. She runs her own business, Art and Culture Travel, which specialises in residential courses on Spanish art based in Andalucía.
Peter Cormack is a free-lance art historian, writer and lecturer. He was Keeper of the William Morris Gallery, London, where he curated many exhibitions of Morris and his circle and on aspects of the Arts and Crafts Movement, in particular stained glass. He is the Honorary Curator of Kelmscott Manor, William Morris’s Oxfordshire home.
Dr Carlo Corsato
Dr Carlo Corsato is a native Venetian who trained at the universities of Venice and Verona, and a specialist in Renaissance art and architecture in Venice and the Veneto. He recently co-edited the first complete monograph on the church of Frari, which perfectly reflects his wide-ranging expertise and research interests, including devotional practice and liturgy, rituals and relics, art patronage and art-making through painting, sculpture and architecture. He has lectured at a number of institutions, including the University of St Andrews, Northeastern University in Boston, and Morley College in London, where he currently teaches courses in Renaissance and Baroque art. Carlo has also organised and led numerous art history visits throughout Italy and Europe.
Jan D. Cox
Jan D. Cox was awarded a BA at Oxford Brookes University, where he won the Jeanne Sheehy Memorial Prize, and an MA at the University of Bristol. He was formerly chief researcher for a project that placed online Wyndham Lewis’s art criticism in The Listener, and has since been awarded a PhD scholarship by the University of Leeds. His PhD concentrates on nineteenth-century Scandinavian art and its links with Europe, and will be complete by September 2014. He has lectured extensively – including on Scandinavian and Canadian Art – at conferences in Oslo, Copenhagen and Montreal, and at Tate Britain, Tate St. Ives and the Courtauld Institute.
Lucy Cutler completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2003. She has taught at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Cambridge University, The Open University and City University. Her publications include Representing an Alternative Empire at the Court of Cardinal Federico Borromeo in Habsburg Milan in The Possessions of a Cardinal: Politics, Piety and Art 1450-1700 ed Mary Hollingsworth et al and Virtue and Diligence; Jan Brueghel and Federico Borromeo in Virtus; Virtuositeit en kunstliefhebbers in de Nederlanden 1500-1700 in Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek 2003 Deel 54 ed Jan de Jong et al.
Ken Dark Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, University of Reading, where he is Chair of the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies and holds honorary professorships at several European and North American universities. He is co-director of the Istanbul Rescue Archaeological Survey which aims to record and rescue Byzantine material at risk of destruction in the western part of the ancient city walls.
Dr Glyn Davies
Dr Glyn Davies FSA is curator responsible for late medieval sculpture at the V&A. He has published widely on medieval and renaissance sculpture, metalwork and textiles, and was the lead curator for the medieval spaces in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries redevelopment at the V&A (opened 2009). He is currently developing the English Opus Anglicanum exhibition for 2016. He is the co-author of Medieval Ivory Carvings: 1200-1550 (with Paul Williamson) and Medieval and Renaissance Art: People and Possessions (with Kirsten Kennedy)
Lucy Donkin carried out her doctoral work at the Courtauld Institute, focusing on the medieval ecclesiastical pavement mosaics of northern Italy. She currently holds a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College, Oxford, where her research project explores attitudes to holy ground in the Middle Ages.
Michael Douglas‑Scott is an Associate Lecturer in History of Art at Birkbeck College, specialising in 16th-century Italian art and architecture. He studied at the Courtauld and Birkbeck College, University of London, lived in Rome for several years and leads many tours for Martin Randall. He has written articles for Arte Veneta, Burlington Magazine and the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes.
Peter Draper is well-known to students of History of Art at Birkbeck, where he is now a Visiting Professor. He was President of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, 2000-2004, and is currently a member of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. His book The Formation of English Gothic: Architecture and Identity is to be published by Yale University Press and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in the Autumn of 2006. His publications on medieval architecture have concentrated on English cathedrals, with a particular interest in the inter-relationship between architecture and liturgy, and he is now extending these interests to include Islamic architecture.
Dr Antony Eastman
Dr Antony Eastmond read History at Oxford, before coming to The Courtauld where he took his MA in Byzantine art and PhD in art in medieval Georgia. After working at The Courtauld Institute and Warwick he returned to The Courtauld as Reader in the History of Byzantine Art in 2004. He has written extensively on Byzantine art and a monograph entitled Byzantine and East Christian Art is due for publication in 2013.
Fiona Gilmore Eaves
Ffiona Gilmore Eaves read archaeology at Newnham College, Cambridge. She wrote her thesis on the early church at Poreč and is co-author of Retrieving the record: a century of archaeology at Poreč, 1847-1947 (2003). She has worked in life-long learning and adult education, especially for the WEA, and has devised and led many archaeology tours in the Mediterranean area.
Anna Eavis is head of English Heritage’s National Monuments Record, and is a noted authority on medieval stained glass. She is Director for Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi(GB) and editor of Vidimus, an on-line magazine devoted to medieval stained glass. She is currently writing the CVMA volume on the stained glass of New College.
Dr Katie Faulkner
Dr Katie Faulkner took her first degree at University College London where she was awarded the E H Gombrich prize for History of Art. Her MA and Ph.D were done at the Courtauld Institute where she is currently a Visiting Lecturer. She also lectures at the University of Warwick and Arcadia, the College of Global Studies. She regularly gives talks at the Courtauld Gallery and co-ordinates the widening participation programme, encouraging state school students to study history of art.
Eric Fernie was Director of the Courtauld Institute 1995-2003 and President of the Society of Antiquaries of London 2004-2007. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. His books include The Architecture of the Anglo-Saxons, An Architectural History of Norwich Cathedral, Art History and its Methods and The Architecture of Norman England.
Clare Ford-Wille is an independent art historian, well known to members for her courses at Birkbeck and Morley College as well as a lecturer at the National Gallery, the V&A and The Arts Society groups in Britain and Europe. She has led many tours abroad. Clare is a Vice President of The London Art History Society.
Carmen Fracchia gained her PhD from University College London and is currently Senior Lecturer of Early Modern Spanish Visual Studies in the Department of Cultures and Languages, Birkbeck University of London, UK. Her research interest is in early modern Spanish notions of human diversity, religion, slavery and ethnic prejudice, and the ways visual artists articulate subjectivity, slavery, freedom and hybridity. Her current book project ‘Black but Human’: Slavery and Art in Hapsburg Spain, 1480-1700 explores the emergence of the slave and freed slave subjects in the visual form in Imperial Spain.
Dr Alexandra Gajewski
Dr Alexandra Gajewski lives in France, her main interest being mediaeval architecture. She has published on the Cistercian Abbey of Le Lys and on Cistercian architecture in Anjou and Cîteaux, inter alia. She completed a PhD in Gothic architecture in Northern Burgundy at the Courtauld Institute and is currently leading tours with a number of organisations.
Tamar Garb is Durning-Lawrence Professor in the History of Art at University College London. She is the author of many books on 19th Century French Art including Sisters of the Brush; Women’s Artistic Culture in Late Nineteenth Century Paris (YUP, 1994) Bodies of Modernity; Figure and Flesh in fin de Siècle France (T&H 1998) and most recently, The Painted Face; Portraits of Women in France, 1814-1914. She has now started working on contemporary art produced in her native South Africa and is curating an exhibition for Haunch of Venison Gallery in May 2008 entitled Home Lands/Land Marks, which focuses on landscape and language in the Post Apartheid Era.
Alexandra Gerstein is Assistant Curator of Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Courtauld Institute. She studied at the École du Louvre in Paris before completing her PhD on the architecture of the Edwardian Baroque Revival at the Courtauld. She teaches courses on Victorian sculpture and has worked on display techniques and provenance research for many exhibitions and displays
Dr John Goodall
Dr John Goodall, the architectural editor of Country Life, is a senior properties historian at English Heritage. His highly acclaimed book The English Castle, published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in 2011, won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion presented by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) in 2011.
Christina Grande is Senior Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Winchester. She has also taught Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, Classical Mythology, and the later reception of Classical art for Birkbeck for many years. Christina has also been a lecturer in Classical Art for the University of Leicester and for the Open University, and has also lectured for the British Museum Education Service, the National Gallery, Morley College, the City Literary Institute, as well for The London Art History Society.
Dr Oliver Green
Dr Oliver Green was the first Curator of the London Transport Museum in 1980; he left in 1989 but returned in 2001 to oversee its refurbishment. This year he became its first Research Fellow. He has written extensively on the art and history of London Transport, most recently, with David Bownes, London Transport posters: a century of art and design (2008).
Tag Gronberg is Reader in the History of Art and Design and teaches mainly in the modern period (nineteenth century to the present). Her research interests lie in the area of gender and modernism, and particularly in projects that range across art, design and architecture. She has published books on late 19th- and early 20th-century visual culture in France and in Austria. She is currently Departmental Postgraduate Research Tutor, helping to organise the research culture of the Department and in charge of MPhil/PhD admissions.
Dr Kate Heard
Dr Kate Heard FSA works on medieval material culture, and particularly the English embroidery of the late Middle Ages. Among her publications is a study of the surviving copes commissioned by Archbishop John Morton. She is a member of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Opus Anglicanum Advisory Committee.
Dr Paula Henderson
Dr Paula Henderson is an independent scholar who specializes in the architectural and garden history of Tudor and Stuart Britain. She has a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she teaches in the summer school. Her many publications include over fifty articles in journals and in collections of essays. Her book, The Tudor House and Garden: Architecture and Landscape in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries (Yale, 2005), won the Berger Prize for British Art History.
Martin Henig is Hon. Professor at the Institute of Archaeology (ICL) and a Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He has lectured on Roman art in Oxford University for many years and has published many books and articles, among them Religion in Roman Britain (1984), The Art of Roman Britain (1995) and The Heirs of King Verica (2002)
Gijs van Hensbergen
Gijs van Hensbergen read languages at Utrecht and art history at the Courtauld Institute, followed by postgraduate studies in American art of the 1960s. He has worked in England, the USA and Spain as exhibition organiser and TV researcher, and has written on Spain and Spanish art, including Gaudí, a biography (2001), Guernica: The Biography of a Twentieth-century Icon (2005) and The Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s Heaven on Earth (2017). Presently he is writing a book on the great American art collectors. (See his website for a fuller biography.)
Dr Mary Hunter
Dr Mary Hunter, a former student of Professor Tamar Garb, completed her PhD dissertation on the relationship between art and medicine in late nineteenth-century France at University College London. Her teaching and current research explores constructions of reality, sex, race and gender in visual culture from 1850 to the present. She is currently teaching a third year special subject at UCL on Art and Sexual Politics in Late Nineteenth Century France and is soon to take up a full time Assistant Professorship at McGill University in Montreal.
Dr Laura Jacobus
Dr Laura Jacobus completed her BA and PhD at Birkbeck where she now lectures on late mediaeval and early Renaissance Italy. She has been working on Giotto’s frescoes in the Arena Chapel for nearly fifteen years, and has recently published a book on the subject, Giotto and the Arena Chapel: Art, Architecture and Experience (2008).
Dr Lucy Jessop
Dr Lucy Jessop is a Senior Investigator in the Research Group of Historic England (formerly English Heritage). She is an architectural historian with a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art on architectural patronage by government ministers from 1688 to 1714. She teaches aspects of 17th and 18th-century British architecture for Historic England and for the Courtauld.
Ann Kodicek is a writer, lecturer and curator specialising in Russian art. She lectures on the history of Russian art and other topics at the Victoria & Albert Museum and similar venues. In 1996 she curated the major exhibition – Diaghilev: Creator of the Ballets Russes (Barbican Art Gallery)
Dr Helen Langdon
Dr Helen Langdon is the author of Caravaggio: A Life (1998); Caravaggio’s Cardsharps: Trickery and Illusion (2012); and editor of The Lives of Caravaggio, Mancini, Bellori and Baglione. She has been on the curatorial committee of various Caravaggio exhibitions. Formerly Assistant Director of the British School at Rome she is now a freelance writer, lecturer and curator.
Frederica Law-Turner is a free-lance art historian, lecturer and writer. She holds an MA in Islamic Studies from Oxford and completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute in 1999. She has lectured and written extensively on medieval art, and is the author of The Ormesby Psalter recently published by the Bodleian Library.
Dr Gwendolyn Leick
Born in Austria, Dr Gwendolyn Leick studied Assyriology and art history at Graz University. She is Senior Lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Her publications include Who’s Who in the Ancient Near East (1999), Sex and eroticism in Mesopotamian literature (1994), Mesopotamia, the invention of the city (2001). She was General Editor of The Babylonian world (2007).
Ayla Lepine is an art and architectural historian specialising in Victorian Britain. Following a PhD at the Courtauld she held postdoctoral fellowships at the Courtauld and Yale. She has taught at Warwick, Nottingham, King’s College London, and the V&A. She is a Contributing Historian for the Architectural Review and Arts Editor for Marginalia Review of Books. Her publications include Gothic Legacies: Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation in Art and Architecture (2012) and essays on the Gothic Revival in Architectural History and Music and Modernism, c. 1849-1950. She is completing a book on medievalism and modern cities in Britain and America.
Michael Lewis is Deputy Head of the Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure at the British Museum. His PhD (Kent) explored the archaeological authority’ of the Bayeux Tapestry and has been published as a British Archaeological Report (404). He has also written a popular introduction to the Bayeux Tapestry – The Real World of the Bayeux Tapestry (History Press) – and numerous articles on the Tapestry and archaeological small finds. Dr Lewis is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA), a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA) and an adviser to the All-Party Archaeological Group (APPAG). He is also a Special Police Constable with the Metropolitan Police’s Art and Antiquities Unit.
Briony Llewellyn is an independent scholar specialising in British artists’ depictions of the Near and Middle East. She has contributed to numerous catalogues and publications including Edward Lear (1985), Amadeo Preziosi (1985), David Roberts (1986), The Orient Observed (1989) and Black Victorians (2005). In 2008 she was loans consultant for Tate Britain’s exhibition, Lure of the East. She is currently working on a full-length study of Lewis’s life and work.
Dr Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a landscape architect and historian. He is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, President of the London Parks and Gardens Trust, Editor of The London Gardener, and the author of several books including The London Town Garden 1700-1840 (Yale UP, 2001) and The London Square (Yale UP, 2012).
Simon Martin is Head of Curatorial Services at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, where he is responsible for the temporary exhibitions and the significant collection of Modern British Art. He is the author of several catalogues and books including Edward Burra (2011) and is a contributor to the catalogue of the V&A exhibition British Design 1948-2012.
Rab MacGibbon is Associate Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, where he specialises in portraiture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Recent research interests include the court culture of Henry, Prince of Wales (1564-1612), carried out in relation to the NPG exhibition, The Lost Prince (2012-13). He was curator of the Gallery’s 2011 William Dobson display marking the 400th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
John McNeill lectures on medieval art and architecture for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education. He has led London Art History tours for many years. He is the Honorary Secretary of the British Archaeological Association, for whom he has contributed to and edited volumes of essays on King’s Lynn and the Fens, English medieval chantries and, most recently, Romanesque Patrons and Processes. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Vice President of The London Art History Society.
An expert in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art, Michael Michael read History of Art and Architecture at the University of East Anglia and gained his Doctorate at Westfield College, University of London. He lectured at St. Andrews University before joining Christie’s Education in 1987. He has written widely on Renaissance and Medieval art including the Arezzo frescoes of Piero della Francesca, the iconography of the Apocalypse, and English illuminated manuscripts of the 13th and 14th centuries. His most recent book is The Stained Class of Canterbury Cathedral (2004).
Charlotte de Mille
Dr Charlotte de Mille curates the music programme for The Courtauld Gallery. She received her doctorate from The Courtauld Institute of Art in 2009 and has taught there and at the Universities of Sussex, Bristol, and St Andrews. She is editor of Music and Modernism (2011) and co-editor of Bergson and the Art of Immanence (2013).
John Mitchell of the School of World Art and Museology at the University of East Anglia, is an art historian often working with archaeologists. Research has focussed on early medieval Italy, more recently in Albania in late Antiquity. His interests range over N. Europe and those cultures ringing the Mediterranean, including Byzantium and Islam. Publications include studies of monastic arts in early medieval Italy and he is currently writing on Italy and Europe in the early middle ages.
Nicola Moorby (MA, BA) is an independent art historian specialising in British art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A former curator and researcher at Tate Britain, she has curated a number of exhibitions and published widely on J.M.W. Turner, including for the current on-line updated catalogue of the Turner Bequest. She is also co-editor and author of How to Paint Like Turner (Tate Publishing 2010). In addition to Turner she has published on Walter Richard Sickert and is co-author of the Tate’s catalogue of works by the Camden Town Group.
Dr Katarzyna (Kasia) Murawska-Muthesius
Dr Katarzyna (Kasia) Murawska-Muthesius is an Associate lecturer at Birkbeck. Born in Poland, she was Curator of Italian Paintings, the Chief Curator, and Deputy Director of the National Museum in Warsaw. She joined Birkbeck in 2000, teaching and co-managing the Certificate of Higher Education in the History of Art. She has also lectured in universities in Italy, France, Germany and the US. Her books include Trionfo Barocco (1990), Companion Guide to the National Museum in Warsaw (1998), Borders in Art, or revising Kunstgeographie (2000), Kantor was here (2011). Her current research focuses on caricature.
Dr Natalia Murray
Dr Natalia Murray graduated in St Petersburg before taking the PhD course at the Hermitage Museum. Over the past five years she has been lecturing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian Art at The Courtauld Institute of Art and at the University of Sussex. She curated Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Dr Mellie Naydenova-Slade
Dr Mellie Naydenova-Slade is a specialist in medieval art history with a particular interest in wall paintings – a subject on which she has published a number of recent articles. She is currently completing a monograph based on her PhD thesis on the iconography of the Holy Kinship – the extended family of Christ stemming from St Anne. She works as a freelance lecturer at institutions including the Courtauld Institute, Birkbeck College, the University of Kent and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Professor Janet L. Nelson
Professor Janet L. Nelson – Professor of Medieval History at King’s College London and recently President of the Royal Historical Society. Most of her work has been on kingship, government and political ideas in the early Middle Ages, on which she has published extensively as well as on heresy, religion and ritual. She is currently writing a biography of Charlemagne.
Dr Geoffrey Nuttall
Dr Geoffrey Nuttall has several degrees including an MA in History of Art from Birkbeck and a PhD from the Courtauld. He is a specialist in the Courts of Europe and their dealings with the merchants of luxury goods. He lectures at the V&A and international conferences, and recently held a fellowship at the Huntington Collections and Art Gallery in California.
Dr Paula Nuttall
Dr Paula Nuttall gained her BA and PhD from the Courtauld, writing her doctoral thesis on the reception of Netherlandish painting in fifteenth-century Florence. She is Director of the V&A’s Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Year Course, and she lectures for a range of other institutions including the National Gallery, Christie’s Education and The Arts Society.
Donald O’Connell studied in the extra-mural department of Birkbeck and during retirement from the Civil Service taught art history in the adult education sector. He has done extensive research on medieval choir stalls and other church furniture and gave a paper on this subject at the British Archaeological Association conference in King’s Lynn in 2005. He is a tour guide at Strawberry Hill.
Maeve O’Donnell-Morales studied at New York University and Hunter College and is currently finishing her doctorate at the Courtauld. She worked as a Legal Assistant in the Vice President’s Office at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for four years and has given art history courses for Hunter College and other New York based organisations, as well as lecturing at the Courtauld Gallery.
John Onians is Emeritus Professor at the University of East Anglia. He was trained first as a historian of European art before becoming interested in the study of art as a worldwide phenomenon. It was this that led him to turn to neuroscience. His next book will be European Art: A Neuroarthistory.
Zoë Opačić was appointed lecturer in History and Theory of Architecture at Birkbeck in 2004. She received her BA and MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she also completed her PhD in 2003. Her doctoral thesis was on the Emmaus Monastery in Prague. She has taught at Morley College and the Courtauld Institute, and prior to her appointment at Birkbeck, she was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge. She is currently writing a book on the art and architecture of late medieval Prague.
Catherine Parry-Wingfield has taught many courses on the fine and decorative arts including those at Birkbeck’s Faculty of Continuing Education, the Open University and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She specialises in the visual arts of eighteenth century Europe and Britain.
Dr Lucy Peltz
Dr Lucy Peltz has been Curator of 18th Century Collections at the National Portrait Gallery since 2001. She co-curated the following exhibitions and contributed to the research and writing of their accompanying publications: Brilliant Women. 18th Century Bluestockings (2008), Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power and Brilliance (2010) andThe First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons (2011)
Richard Plant studied architectural history at the Courtauld Institute, where he took his MA and gained his PhD on English Romanesque and the Holy Roman Empire. He has published on English and German Romanesque architecture. He has taught at a number of institutions in London, and was a Course Director at Christies Education, and had led a number of study tours for Martin Randall Travel
Jane Pritchard, co-curator of Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929, is Curator of Dance for the V&A. She was Archivist for Rambert Dance Company and English National Ballet, curates seasons of dance films for BFI Southbank, and contributes to numerous journals.
Dr Janina Ramirez
Oxford academic Dr Janina Ramirez is a medieval historian. She presented Treasures of the Anglo- Saxons on BBC Four in 2010 and since then she has presented documentaries on Icelandic literature (The Viking Sagas) and the stained glass of York Minster (Britain’s Most Fragile Treasure). She has written and presented a three-part series on the Royal Manuscripts collection of the British Library (Illuminations:The Private Lives of Medieval Kings), and fronted programmes on The Hundred Years’ War (Chivalry and Betrayal) and the first Gothic age (Architects of the Divine). Her book, Private Lives of the Saints: Power, Passion and Politics in Anglo-Saxon England, was published in 2015.
Kate Retford joined the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck in 2003. She researches eighteenth-century British art, particularly the portraiture of the period, issues of gender, and the country house art collection. Kate has written a number of articles and her book, The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century England, was published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art by Yale University Press in 2006, and was runner-up for the Longman History Today Book Award that year. Kate is currently Head of Department, and blogs about its activities. She is also a member of the Birkbeck Eighteenth-Century Research Group, which recently organised a number of events for Birkbeck Arts Week 2015.
Nazaré Robalo. A multi-lingual resident of Lisbon, she has guided in the city and its institutions for many years and has developed those interests by graduating in the History of Art from the Universidade Nova de Lisbon. She is recognised as the guide to lead study tours such as ours by other guides in the city. She is an Official Guide to Portugal for groups visiting from around the world and also has a regular collaboration with Associação dos Arquitectos Portugueses (Institute of Architects) accompanying counterparts from various countries on technical visits to Portugal.
Dr Janet Robson
Dr Janet Robson is an Associate Lecturer at Birkbeck, and a guest lecturer for the Courtauld Institute and Christie’s Education. Janet specialises in Italian art c.1200-1450, with particular interests in iconography and the art of the Franciscans. She is currently writing a book on the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi
Dr Lyn Rodley
Dr Lyn Rodley, formerly Helen Waddell Visiting Professor at Queens’ University Belfast, is well known for her work on the rock-cut churches of Cappadocia and for her introduction to Byzantine art and architecture, the Runciman prize-winning Byzantine art and architecture: an introduction (Cambridge University Press, 1994), a systematic introduction to the material culture of the Byzantine empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries.
Chris Rogers writes and speaks on architecture and visual culture. His new book, How to Read London – a crash course in London architecture (Ivy Press), is now available and is a follow-up to his How to Read Paris (2016) from the same publisher. He recently delivered the session on contemporary London for The London Society’s Architecture School. Chris is a member of the British architectural education and protection society the Twentieth Century Society, running tours, writing for its publications and assisting its casework. His work can also be found at www.chrismrogers.net.
Mariam Rosser-Owen is a Curator in the Middle Eastern Section of the Victoria and Albert Museum, looking after the Middle Eastern collections which date before 1500. Her research interests include the Islamic Mediterranean, and she is currently preparing a book, Islamic Arts from Spain: 9th to 19th centuries, to be published by the Museum in 2010.
Ashok Roy is Director of Scientific Research at the National Gallery, where he has worked on the technical study of Old Master paintings for over 30 years. His particular interests are directed to the application of scientific methods to the examination and analysis of paintings and the history of technology of European painting practice. He was involved with the technical study of Holbein’s Ambassadors during the course of its complex conservation treatment in 1993-97. He is editor of the National Gallery Technical Bulletin.
Nigel Saul is Professor of Mediaeval History at Royal Holloway, University of London and he has been published extensively on medieval history and art. His books include Death, art and memory (2001), The three Richards (2005), and this year, English church monuments in the Middle Ages: history and representation.
John Schofield is Cathedral Archaeologist for St Paul’s, and has recently published a large archaeological report on the cathedral and its site from earliest times to 1666. He was an archaeologist and architectural historian at the Museum of London from 1974 until 2008. He has produced several well-received books about medieval London and medieval towns in Britain.
Jennifer Scott worked at National Museums Liverpool and the National Gallery London before joining the Royal Collection in January 2004, where she is Curator of Paintings. She has curated several exhibitions and is co-author of the related catalogues. Her most recent publication is The royal portrait: image and impact.
Diane Silverthorne graduated from Birkbeck with a first-class degree in History of Art and was awarded her PhD by the Royal College of Art in 2010. Her research was part of the AHRC-sponsored project, The Viennese café and fin-de-siècle culture. Her research interests include art, music and modernism and she has published on these topics. She lectures widely on art and design in the modern period.
Dr Andrew Spira
Dr Andrew Spira is a Course Director at Christie’s Education. He published a book on the relationship between Russian icons and Russian avant-garde art in 2008 and is currently completing a book on the material culture of personal identity, from the Middle Ages until the present day.
Jane Spooner is Curator of Historic Buildings at the Tower of London. Her background includes studying art history, conservation, heritage and interpretation. She studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, worked as a building fabric and artworks advisor to the Church of England, and specialised in the conservation of wall paintings.
Saskia Stevens studied Classics at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She continued her study of the Ancient World at the University of Oxford. Having finished a Masters in Classical Archaeology there, she wrote a DPhil thesis on the impact of urban development on city boundaries in Roman Italy in the Late Republican and Early Imperial period. Since August 2010 she has been assistant professor in Ancient History and Classical Civilisation at Utrecht University.
Ben Street is a freelance art historian, lecturer and writer. He lectures on modern and contemporary art for Tate, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Christie’s Education and the Royal Academy, and on old master painting for The National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery. He is the author of interpretative materials for major exhibitions at Tate, the Royal Academy and the National Gallery and has contributed essays for museum and gallery publications across the world. Ben is the presenter and co-author of Duchamp’s Urinal for BBC Radio 4.
Dr Joachim Strupp
Dr Joachim Strupp studied Art History at the universities of Nuremberg and St Andrews, where he also taught, and lived in Venice and Florence for several years. He specialised in the sculpture of the Northern and Italian Renaissance, though his interests included German and Italian art of most ages. He taught at the University of Buckingham for nine years and lectured regularly at the Victoria and Albert Museum on German Baroque and the Northern Renaissance. As well as leading tours for Martin Randall, he co-founded Art Pursuits Ltd and was creative director of Art Pursuits Abroad. Sadly, Dr Strupp died in a motor accident in April 2017.
Roderick Swanston is a music historian, critic and lecturer. He is a broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and 4, widely known for combining immense learning and is a regular speaker on Martin Randall Travel festivals. Roderick has lectured extensively in Europe, Asia, United States and Africa and currently at Imperial College, London and Birkbeck College. He lectured on ‘Music and the Painting of El Greco’ and ‘Music and the Russian Landscape in the time of Tolstoy’ at the National Gallery and recently lectured at the Art Fund lecture series
Lars Tharp is well-known broadcaster specializing in Ceramic History. He believes that Clay is the most human of all Man’s creative materials, and that, by placing Objects in the time and place of their creation we are able to catch wider glimpses of societies both near and far and in time and place. Born in Copenhagen and educated in England, Lars read prehistoric archaeology at Caius College, Cambridge. He joined Sotheby’s as auctioneer and director specializing in Chinese ceramics before setting up his own consultancy to museums, individuals and institutions in 1993. As well as appearing for over 28 years on the Antiques Roadshow, Lars has numerous other TV and Radio credits to his name, most recently two films on Chinese porcelain (BBC, 2011 and 2013). Over nearly 40 years Lars has handled some of the rarest and most expensive ‘pots’ in the world.
Will Vaughan is the Honorary President of The London Art History Society. He has been Emeritus Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck since 2003. His main area of research is Romanticism. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge and has taught at Yale. He has published widely on 18th and 19th century European and British painting. Since the 1980s, he has also had a strong interest in computer applications in the History of Art. He was founder of CHArt (Computers and the History of Art) in 1985.
Dr Rose Walker
Dr Rose Walker has specialised in the art of Late Antique and Medieval Spain. Her first book, Views of Transition, (British Library, 1998) examined manuscripts and liturgical change. Her latest book, Art of Spain and Portugal from the Romans to the Early Middle Ages is published by Amsterdam University Press this summer (2016). She has taught at Birkbeck, at The Courtauld Institute and at Morley College, led tours, and has published several articles that have considered wall painting, Beatus manuscripts, medieval war memorials and sculpture, women and memory.
Siân Walters is an art historian and a lecturer at the National Gallery. She also lectures for Surrey University, NADFAS and other art societies in the UK and Europe, and leads art and architecture tours abroad for a number of companies and organisations including the Royal Academy, Kirker, NADFAS and her own company, “Art History in Focus”. Her specialist areas are 15th and 16th century Italian Art, Spanish Art and Architecture, and the relationship between Dance and Art. She has given many specially commissioned lectures on this topic for the National Gallery, including one in conjunction with the gallery’s recent Leonardo: Painter at the Court of Milan exhibition. Recently she represented the National Gallery at the international Hay Festival where she gave a number of presentations on the gallery’s recent Titian acquisitions. Siân studied at Cambridge University where she was awarded a choral exhibition and a First for her dissertation on the paintings of Arnold Schoenberg. She has lived in France and Italy where she worked for the eminent Haydn scholar H.C. Robbins Landon and for the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice.
Leslie Webster worked at the British Museum from 1964–2007, ending up as Keeper (Head) of the Department of Prehistory and Europe. She co-curated four major Anglo-Saxon and Early Medieval exhibitions during that time. She is currently on the Research Advisory Panel for the Staffordshire Hoard Project. She has edited several monographs and published many articles on Anglo-Saxon art and archaeology.
Dr Ursula Weekes
Dr Ursula Weekes is an Associate Lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she lectures on Mughal painting. She studied History at Cambridge and took her PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art. She has taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in Delhi and has worked as Supervisor of the Print Room at the Ashmolean Museum. Her PhD was published as Early Engravers and their Public (Harvey Miller 2004) and currently (2017) she is writing a book on The Great Mughals and the Art of Europe.
Frank Whitford MA, PhD, FSA, wrote books chiefly about Austrian and German art in the 19th and 20th centuries. They included Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Bauhaus. He also curated exhibitions, latterly The Berlin of George Grosz and Kandinsky, Watercolours and other Works on Paper for the Royal Academy. He had been Tutor in Art History at the Royal College of Art and wrote most regularly for The Sunday Times and the TLS. He was a Trustee of the Estorick Collection and the Artists’ General Benevolent Fund. Frank Whitford died in January 2014.
Timothy Wilcox studied Modern Languages before taking a postgraduate degree in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute. A former museum curator, he is now an independent curator and writer; he taught at Brighton and Surrey Universities, and Summer Schools in Cambridge and the Courtauld Institute. His interests range from British watercolours to modern British painting and studio ceramics.
Richard Williams gained his doctorate at the Courtauld Institute and is an associate lecturer at Birkbeck College. He lectures there and at the National Gallery. He has been awarded a Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation to write a book on the changing images of Christ during the European Reformation.
Matthew Woodworth is an architectural historian who specialises in thirteenth- and fourteenth-century England. He received his MA from the Courtauld Institute and his PhD from Duke University in 2011. He currently works at the University of Aberdeen, where he is co-writing two of the volumes of The Buildings of Scotland series (Pevsner Architectural Guides). He is also the author of three articles and the monograph, The Architectural History of Beverley Minster.
Along with Professor Jane Geddes (University of Aberdeen) and Lizzie Swarbrick, he was organiser of the British Archaeological Association’s 2014 conference in Aberdeen.
Lucy Worsley, now Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, was formerly English Heritage’s Inspector of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings for Bolsover Castle, home of the junior branch of the Cavendish family, and worked on the re-presentation of the site in the early 2000s. Her PhD thesis, ‘The Architectural Patronage of William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle, 1593-1676’, was published by Faber and Faber in 2007 as Cavalier, A Tale of Passion, Chivalry and Great Houses. She is married to an architect.
Jonathan Yarker leads research for the London gallery, Lowell Libson Ltd. He has recently completed a PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge and has a considerable reputation as a scholar of British painting and the Grand Tour. He has published widely, contributing to a number of publications on the Grand Tour including: Digging and Dealing in Eighteenth Century Rome (Yale, 2010); The English Prize, the capture of the Westmorland, an incident of the Grand Tour (Yale, 2012) and the recent exhibition: Richard Wilson (1713-82): A European Master (Yale 2014). Jonny has held academic fellowships in America, London, and most recently, Rome. He is currently working on an account of the life and activities of the banker and dealer Thomas Jenkins (1722 – 1798) entitled The Business of the Grand Tour.
A native of Jiangsu, China, Hongxing Zhang became Senior Curator of Chinese Collections at the V&A in 2004. He has curated several major exhibitions over the last few years, including the ground-breaking China Design Now at the V&A in 2008. He is an art historian with expertise in the history of Chinese painting in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Michaela Zöschg currently works as research assistant for the exhibition Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery, which will open at the V&A in September 2016. She is also conducting PhD research at The Courtauld Institute of Art, working on a research project provisionally entitled Rich Queens, Poor Clares: Art, Space and Audience in Royal Clarissan Foundations of Late Medieval Europe.
David Nice writes, lectures and broadcasts on music. A former music critic for The Guardian and The Sunday Correspondent, he is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3. He has written short studies on Elgar, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and the history of opera, and is currently working on the second volume of his Prokofiev biography for Yale University Press. He runs his own lecture series, Opera in Depth, at the Frontline Club in Paddington.
Elizabeth Singleton has been working in the heritage sector for the past ten years. Currently she holds the post of Sales Account Manager in a large London museum. In her spare time she leads tours on a freelance basis for various organisations and tours which focus on social history and public art.
Tricia Passes has a BA (Hons) from The Courtauld and an MA in Visual Culture from Bath Spa University. She has worked at Bristol UWE and Oxford Department for Continuing Education as well as American University Study Programmes. She is currently a Senior Teaching Associate at Bristol University in the Department of Art History and Historical Studies. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and visual culture in Europe and the USA.
Jenny Stratford began her career as an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Manuscripts, The British Museum (now The British Library). Her research and publications have focused on two main areas: medieval and modern manuscripts, and on princely collections of the later middle ages in England and France. She is especially concerned to explore the political, economic and cultural implications of royal and princely inventories and to use visual evidence in interpreting them. She currently teaches palaeography and manuscript studies to MA and PhD students of the university. Besides catalogues of manuscripts in the British Library, and in the Royal Library, Windsor Castle, and many articles on manuscript subjects published in England and in France, she has contributed chapters to The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain (1999), and to The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland (2006). Among her other books is The Bedford Inventories: the Worldly Goods of John, Duke of Bedford, Regent of France (1389–1435) (London, 1993). Her book, Richard II and the English Royal Treasure, was published in 2012).
Julia Hutt is Curator of Japanese art in the Asian Department of the V&A, specialising in the arts of the Edo period, in particular lacquerware and ivory carvings. She also teaches widely on various courses, most notably at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She has published extensively on various aspects of Japanese art, including lacquer, prints and netsuke. Her main publications include Understanding Far Eastern Art (Phaidon 1987), Japanese Inrō (V&A 1997) and Japanese Netsuke (V&A 2003). She is currently working on a book on Japanese lacquer based on the V&A’s internationally renowned collection.
Leslie Primo specialises in early Medieval and Renaissance studies. He is a lecturer and tutor at the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Imperial College and Reading University. He also gives gallery tours at the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, both Tate galleries and the V&A. Leslie lectures for many art history societies in the UK including The Arts Society, Art in Focus and the Art Fund and regularly teaches courses at the City Lit and Bishopsgate Institute.
A former Extra-Mural Lecturer at Birkbeck.
Anna Moszynska is a lecturer and writer, specialising in contemporary art. She developed the first British MA Degree in the subject at Sotheby’s Institute and has also taught at institutions including the Royal Academy and Tate, as well as lecturing to diverse audiences in cities ranging from Dubai to New York. She has reviewed for BBC Radio and various art periodicals. Anna currently teaches at academic institutions in London and Paris and runs her own courses under the auspices of Contemporary Art Talks. Her books include Abstract Art, Sculpture Now (Thames & Hudson) and Antony Gormley Drawings (British Museum).