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Luke Uglow



BA (Nottingham), MSc, PhD (Edinburgh)

Luke Uglow is a lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Art with a focus on art historiography and the history of art history.  His research is focused on the reception of Italian Renaissance Art, particularly responses to early sixteenth-century Venetian painting. He is interested generally in art historical methodology, but particularly connoisseurship. He has previously taught art history at the universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester.


Luke is currently working on a book project, titled The New Giorgione: Studies of Art Historiography in the Nineteenth Century. This builds upon my AHRC funded doctoral thesis which discussed a shift in the historiography of the Venetian painter Giorgione (1474-1510) between the years 1871 and 1893. Examining the writing of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Joseph Archer Crowe, Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle, Walter Pater, Giovanni Morelli and Bernard Berenson, the analysis identifies a move away from traditional myths of the prototypical romantic artist-genius and towards the modern image of the painter as an ‘. This shift reflects and even determined intellectual developments in the theory and practice of art history during this period. Luke is also engaged in a project which examines the reception history of William Blake, building upon his previous research on twentieth-century art magazines such as The Connoisseur


  • ‘“Il nome di Giorgione”: Observations on Crowe and Cavalcaselle’s Connoisseurship’, Predella: Journal of Visual Arts, no.39, 2017, pp.25-49, vii-xiii
  • ‘Giovanni Morelli and his friend Giorgione: Connoisseurship, Science and Irony’, Journal of Art Historiography, No. 11, December 2014
  • ‘The Life and Death of The Connoisseur’, Arts Libraries Journal, Vol.39, No.1, e Life and Death of ublishing,rts publishing,ibition cataloguesdemic year)January 2014

External Activities

Recent Conference Papers:

  • “ABC Blake”, The Artist of the Future Age, October 2019
  •  “Connoisseurship”, Royal Academy, 2017-2018
  • “Drawing Letters: Ruskin at the Rylands”, John Ryland’s Library, November 2018
  • “The Many Lives of Leonardo: Biographies of the Artist”, Manchester Art Gallery, March 2019
  • “Ruskin & Giorgione: Two Boyhoods”, Whitworth Art Gallery, March 2019

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Dr Luke Uglow
History of Art

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