About the Renaissance and Baroque Cluster
The History of Art Department at the University of York constitutes a centre of remarkable academic strength for the study of art and architecture of the Early Modern period.
We are not formally constituted as a research school, but we have close ties to the University's Centre for Renaissance and early Modern Studies (CREMS).
We have research expertise in the following fields:
- Italian Renaissance art and architecture
- 15th- and 16th-century Netherlandish and German painting
- Flemish and French 17th-century painting
- British early modern architecture
- Italian baroque architecture
- Sculpture and urbanism
- English 18th-century visual culture
This range, together with the diversity of our approaches, places us at the forefront of the early modern art historical field.
Such a cluster of overlapping and complementary research expertise within the Department makes for a particularly stimulating and supportive environment – especially for postgraduate study.
There is no requirement of residence in York.
A friendly and approachable group of staff, we encourage students’ individual intellectual interests, while building on students’ previous experience, and fostering their development through sustained engagement with their work.
We also offer training and preparation in palaeography, and archival work, and engagement with theoretical and methodological problems.
- Anthony Geraghty
British early modern architecture, architectural drawings and the practice of architecture
- Helen Hills
Baroque architecture, sculpture and painting; 17thC architecture’s relationships with urban politics, religious devotion; gender, sexuality and architecture; architectural theory
- Amanda Lillie
15th and 16th century Italian art and architecture, including palaces, villas, and patronage of the arts; concepts of place, air, and the environment, memory of place, landscape and mentalités
- Jeanne Nuechterlein
15th century and 16th century Netherlandish and German painting, Holbein, interactions between different art forms, devotional practices and the impact of the Reformation
- Cordula van Wyhe
17thC art, particularly of the Habsburg Netherlands and France, especially in relation to political imagery, visualization of female spirituality, and early modern Court culture