At York, research into the Early Modern period encompasses the study of architecture, clothing, textiles, ceramics and interior design as well as painting and sculpture.

We have close ties to the University's interdisciplinary Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies (CREMS). We also collaborate with the Neapolitan Network.

The range of our research paired with the diversity of our approaches places us at the forefront of early modern art history. Our expertise includes:

  • Italian Renaissance and baroque art and architecture
  • 15th and 16th-century Netherlandish and German painting
  • Baroque architecture, urbanism, cartography, sculpture and painting
  • British early modern architecture
  • Flemish and French 17th-century painting
  • Interior decoration, prints, furniture, clothing, food in Renaissance and baroque Europe
  • Baroque theory

People

A friendly and approachable group of staff, we encourage students’ individual intellectual interests, while building on students’ previous experience. We foster our students' development through sustained engagement with their work.

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Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein
Cluster Director
jeanne.nuechterlein@york.ac.uk

  • Professor Helen Hills
  • Baroque architecture, urbanism, cartography, sculpture and painting; baroque theory; inter-relationships between materiality and spirituality; religious devotion, gender, sexuality and art/ architecture; architectural theory
  • Professor 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
  • Dr 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
  • Dr Cordula van Wyhe
  • Material and visual culture in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Low Countries; especially in relation to political imagery, female spirituality, and court culture
  • Rachel Alban
    English Portrait Miniatures from Holbein to Hilliard: merely 'painting in little' or a distinct art form?
  • Kate Bould
    The architectural and social history of Heslington Hall
  • Jordan Cook
    Settings and Subjects in Early Netherlandish Painting
  • Charlotte Davis
    The approaches of key carvers active in post-Restoration England: Francis Bird, Caius Gabriel Cibber, Grinling Gibbons, and Edward Pierce
  • Alexander Echlin
    The Architecture of Lord Burlington reconsidered
  • Dawn Faizey Webster
    To what extent did the architecture of the early modern grammar school affect, impede or complexify its formal educational and broader social learning functions?
  • Niko Munz
    Forms of architecture in early Netherlandish Painting
  • Adam Sammut
    Rubens and the Dominican Church in Antwerp, 1571-1648
  • Hannah Tomlin
    The relationship between domestic interiors and inhabitants in Palazzo Strozzi c1500-c1700
  • Valeria Viola
    Architecture, Devotion, Family Life: chapels in aristocratic houses of baroque Palermo (ca. 1650 - 1770)
  • Claudia Wardle
    Renaissance Fauna and Ferrarese art of the fifteenth century

Research degrees

Push the boundaries of knowledge in our supportive and stimulating environment.

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Interdisciplinary study

Our staff contribute to the MA Renaissance and Early Modern Studies course.

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Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein
Cluster Director
jeanne.nuechterlein@york.ac.uk