BA (Oxon.), MA (Temple University, USA), PhD (York and National Gallery).
Nicola completed her doctorate in Art History at York in 2016. Her work was part of the University of York and National Gallery, London collaborative research project, "Shifting Perspectives on German Renaissance Art,” funded by the AHRC. Nicola’s thesis examined the nineteenth-century British reception of early German paintings, with special focus on the National Gallery’s collection. This combined her long-held interest in Northern Renaissance painting and its interaction with religious and social constructs, with nineteenth-century historiography, museology, private collecting and the art market, and the place of religious art in ecclesiastical and secular architecture. She is currently working on publications on the role early German painting played in both creating and problematizing narratives of inferiority in nineteenth-century art history and museology.
During her research, Nicola helped curate the collaborative project’s 2014 National Gallery exhibition, “Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance.” Having previously worked as a teacher, and in volunteer programmes bringing art appreciation to children, she is particularly interested in making art and its history accessible to diverse audiences.