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.
The global contexts of 'British' Sculpture, c.1757-1914; art around the Arctic circle; world and complex systems; ocean studies; art of the British empire; craft and design reform in long-nineteenth-century Britain; the reception of Buddhist art in the Atlantic world; J.M.W. Turner; Aestheticism; nineteenth-century Assyriology and Egyptology; Victorian art and interiors; critical animal studies; and queer theory, especially Eve Kosofsky.
English Baroque architecture; architectural drawing and design practice; early modern university architecture.
Visual classicisms from the 18th century to the present; Theories of ideal beauty; Gender, race and racialisation in British and American art, especially with regard to black and indigenous figures; Sculpture and materiality; Pictorial photography; The rural in contemporary art; Decoloniality
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.
Baroque art; Italian art and architecture c1550 to c1790; holiness & baroque art, architecture, urbanism; architecture, gender and sexuality; Renaissance and baroque art theory; architectural theory; female spirituality, art and architecture; early modern/ baroque materialities; art and economies of salvation; silver from New Spain to Naples.
Art and visual culture in Britain from c1650 to 1850, especially decorative history painting, and the relationship between art and architecture; landscape and marine painting; questions of taste and value in art.
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.
15th- and 16th-century Italian art and architecture, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which buildings and works of art were shaped by social and economic conditions; patronage; representations and perceptions of architecture, landscape, air, rocks and place.
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.
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||Dr Hanna Vorholt|
|Director of Research Studies||Dr Cordula van Wyhe|
|Head of Admissions||Professor Jason Edwards|
|Deputy Head of Admissions||Dr Ana Bilbao|
|Careers Liaison Officer||Dr Nicola Sinclair|
|Examinations Officer||Professor Helen Hills|
|Disability Officer||Professor Jane Hawkes|
|Athena Swan/Equal Opportunities Officer|
|Visiting Student Coordinator|
|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||Professor Amanda Lillie|
|Modern and Contemporary||Dr Teresa Kittler|
|Renaissance and Early Modern||Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein|
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