We are one of the largest and fastest-growing History of Art departments in the UK, with a diverse range of expertise. The image above shows just a selection of current members of staff in the Department of History of Art at York.
Medieval art, especially stained glass and sculpture; art and education.
Curating contemporary art; histories of exhibition-making and art institutions; contemporary art from the Global South.
American from 1930 to the present; ideas about the 'neo-avant-garde'; the crossover between experimental film and artistic practice in the twentieth century.
The early history of stained glass restoration and post-medieval reception of medieval art; aspects and periods of stained glass and its contribution to the decor of the ecclesiastical interior.
Aesthetic Interactions in South Asia amongst Mughal, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and British artists; the global contexts of British sculpture, c.1700-1914; the art of the British empire; queer theory, especially Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick; and ecclesiastical pantheons, especially St Paul's Cathedral.
English Baroque architecture; architectural drawing and design practice; early modern university architecture.
Late antique, early Christian and early Islamic art and architecture; Anglo-Saxon art, with a particular emphasis on the sculpture and its historiography; the art and architecture of 19th- and early 20th-century medieval revivals.
Art and visual culture in Britain c.1650-1850, especially decorative history painting; JMW Turner; British art after 1945, its global connections and affiliations; ceramics.
West German Art during the Cold War.
Artistic practices from 1945 to the present day, specifically Italian postwar art and primarily on issues related to art and the environment and questions related to gender.
Islamic art and architecture; the architecture and ceramic arts of the wider Iranian world from the tenth to the fourteenth centuries.
15th- and 16th-century art in Northern Europe, with particular interests in the impact of the Reformation and the purposes and visual effects of different artistic media.
Receptions of ancient and Renaissance art; Victorian painting and sculpture; the Pre-Raphaelites; Victorian Aestheticism; Victorian and twentieth-century art criticism (particularly Walter Pater, Roger Fry); relationships between philosophical aesthetics and art practice.
Italian art c.1300–1550; Materiality and the agency of matter; Temporality; Magic, the supernatural and the miraculous image (image/relic); Image, ritual space and the performance of script; The reception, reworking and display of ‘medieval’ art.
Northern Renaissance painting and its interaction with religious and social constructs; nineteenth-century historiography, museology, private collecting and the art market, and the place of religious art in ecclesiastical and secular architecture.
Nineteenth-Century Art with a focus on art historiography and the history of art history. Italian Renaissance Art, particularly responses to early sixteenth-century Venetian painting.
Medieval art and visual culture focussing especially on illuminated manuscripts, and the representation of Jerusalem in the medieval West
The twentieth-century European avant-gardes, especially Dada and Constructivism; modernist architecture and design.
Early modern cultural history with particular reference to the seventeenth-century Low Countries. Major interests include the history of dress (including fashion), Rubens, religious and political imagery, royal patronage, and early modern court culture.
|Head of Department||Professor Elizabeth Prettejohn|
|Research Chair||Professor Tim Ayers|
|Chair of the Board of Studies||Dr Richard McClary|
|Joint Degrees contact||Dr Richard McClary|
|Chair of Graduate Studies||Professor Anthony Geraghty|
|Director of Research Studies||Dr James Boaden|
|Head of Admissions||Professor Jason Edwards|
|Deputy Head of Admissions||Dr Ana Bilbao|
|Careers Liaison Officer||Dr Nicola Sinclair|
|Examinations Officer||Dr Teresa Kittler|
|Disability Officer||Dr Richard Johns|
|Ethics Officer||Dr Richard Johns|
|Athena Swan/Equal Opportunities Officer|
|Visiting Student Coordinator & International Officer|
|British Art||Dr Richard Johns|
|Medieval Art and Medievalisms||Dr Hanna Vorholt|
|Sculpture Studies||Professor Jason Edwards|
|Stained Glass Studies||Professor Tim Ayers|
|Architectural History and Theory||Dr Joshua Mardell|
|Modern and Contemporary||Dr Teresa Kittler|
|Renaissance and Early Modern||Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein|
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