Renaissance and Baroque Cluster


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). Likewise, we share events and staff with the Neapolitan Network

Our research

We have research expertise in the Renaissance and baroque in the following fields:

  • 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

This range, together with the diversity of our approaches, places us at the forefront of the early modern art historical field.

Please see the web pages of individual academic staff for further details.

Postgraduate study

Such a cluster of overlapping and complementary research expertise within the Department makes for a particularly stimulating and supportive environment – especially for postgraduate study.


Research staff

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.

Our staff

  • Anthony Geraghty
    British early modern architecture, architectural drawings and the practice of architecture
  • 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
  • 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
    Material and visual culture in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Low Countries; especially in relation to political imagery, female spirituality, and court culture.


Research students

Current students

  • 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

Recent students

  • Mark Kirby
    Furnishing Wren’s churches: Anglican identity in late seventeenth century London