Art History Research
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We were highly successful in the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008), when we ranked as the leading research unit in History of Art in the UK.
A significant recent addition has been the establishment of the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History. Our established art historical strengths have therefore been augmented by an ambitious new emphasis on technical research and analysis.
The Institute has strong links with external partners nationally and internationally, including Christie's Education (London) through both project research and partnership working.
We encourages and develop the best object-led research by our art historians, within an interdisciplinary environment in which the historical, theoretical, technical, museological and curatorial strands of the discipline are mutually reinforcing.
Key research clusters
- Twentieth century art
- Nineteenth century art
- Medieval and renaissance art
- Textile conservation and technical art history
The Institute supports rigorous, methodologically-informed scholarship, manifested in grant-funded research programmes, individual scholarly projects and ambitious exhibition curation. We have moved beyond traditional art historical approaches with our newly-developed areas of expertise in technical art history and conservation, underpinned by considerable investment in new facilities for the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History. This has created links with the physical sciences while providing opportunities for collaboration, particularly with heritage institutions.
The Institute is outward-facing, developing projects relevant for both academic and non-academic audiences. We also benefit greatly from the presence of The Hunterian, Special Collections and Archive Services, all of which provide a platform for research, exhibition, and public engagement.
Download pdf: Overview of Art Historical Research at Glasgow 2014
Members of the Institute of Art History at the University of Glasgow are:
- all academic and research staff in History of Art
- colleagues in The Hunterian museum and art gallery
- all postgraduate research students studying History of Art
- and honorary research fellows
Projects and Networks
- China Art Research Network (CARN)
- American Historic Art in UK Public Collections
- ECLAP - European Collected Library of Artistic Performance
- James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings
- Louise Jopling (1843-1933): A Research Project
- Mackintosh Architecture: Context, Making and Meaning
- MeLA - European Museums and Libraries in/of the Age of Migration
- National Inventory Research Project
- Opus anglicanum: English medieval embroidery
- Public Catalogue Foundation and Your Paintings
- Research Network for Textile Conservation, Dress & Textile History & Technical Art History
- Stirling Maxwell Research Project
- Tracing Bosch and Bruegel: Four Paintings Magnified
- ReCREATE: rediscovering the experimental culture of 19th-century Scottish textile manufacture
- ReINVENT: reconnecting and recreating 19th century Scottish textile manufacture
- Dirty Stories – what dirt from historic textiles can tell
- Does this make SERS to you?
- Tapestry in the Round: Interdisciplinary Cross-sector Research in Textile History
- Opus anglicanum: English medieval embroidery
- Exhibition Culture in London 1878-1908
- Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951
- Mobilising Mapping: Project News
- Stirling Castle Palace Project
- Andy Goldsworthy Digital Catalogue
- CARP - Chinese Art - Research into Provenance
- Chinese Collection Catalogue Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant with the National Museums, Liverpool
- Contemporary Collections and Collecting in Scotland Series
- Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot Project
- International Exhibitions Visual Library
- Journal of Art Historiography
- Making Meaning and Market: 17th Century Dutch Painting from the Hunterian Art Gallery
- OTHER EUROPES: re-visioning architecture and design 1840-1940
- Scottish Gothic Churches and Abbeys
- Whistler Correspondence EditionNational Inventory of Continental European Paintings
Lectures and Events
Public Lecture Series and Research Seminars
The Institute of Art History organises regular public lectures and research seminars.
If you would like to be added to our emailing list, please contact Judy Barnicoat
Download the list of Research Seminars 2016-17:
Members can also use the Institute as a forum for debate, or to discuss forthcoming projects in an informal workshop setting. Contact David Hopkins for more details.
Nick Pearce’s established expertise in the area of Chinese art area is now supported with new investment signalled by the recent appointment of Minna Torma. This dovetails with the establishment of the Scottish Centre for China Research and the Confucius Institute at Glasgow.
Plans are also underway for a China Art Research Network (CARN), with colleagues at Glasgow Museums, the National Museums of Scotland and Christie’s Education, London. The Network aims to provide a platform, nationally and internationally, for art historians, archaeologists and museum professionals who specialise in China and who work in object-based research, including history, technical art history and conservation.
New research area
A significant departure for the Institute is the development of a specialism in Art Law with Christa Roodt, as part of the unit’s partnership with Christie’s Education, London. We aim to develop inter-disciplinary research strength in art, business and law.
New and ongoing projects
There are numerous ongoing projects within the Institute. For a full listing, see the ‘Projects and Networks’ tab.
Selected recent publications
Hermens, E.: ‘Rembrandt’s entombment sketch: the passion in paint, a technical investigation’. In: Black, P. and Hermens, E. , Rembrandt and The Passion. Prestel, 2012, 101 -134
Bonehill, J., and Daniels, S: ‘Projecting London: Turner and Greenwich’. Oxford Art Journal, 35 (2), 2012, pp. 171-194
De Montfort, P and MacDonald, M.: An American in London: Whistler and the Thames (Exhibition cat): Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2013.
Fiske, T. Donovan, M., Kemp, M., and Beardsley, J. (eds): The Andy Goldsworthy Project. Thames and Hudson, New York, NY, USA, 2010.
Hopkins, D and White, M (eds): Virgin Microbe: Essays on Dada, Northwestern University Press (Evanston, Illinois ), 2014.
Lennard, F., and Ewer, P: ‘Textile conservation in the heritage sector’. In: Lennard, F. and Ewer, P. (eds.) Textile Conservation: Advances in Practice. Series: Butterworth-Heinemann series in conservation and museology . Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 2010.
Lewer, D.: ‘Hugo Ball, iconoclasm and the origins of Dada in Zurich’., Oxford Art Journal, 32 (1), 2009, pp. 17-35.
M. Richter, G. Grundmann, N. Ivleva, , H. Stege, C. Haisch, 'The rediscovery of sublimed arsenic sulphide pigments in painting and polychromy: applications of Raman microspectroscopy', in ‘Studying Old Master Paintings – Technology and Practice’, Postprints of The National Gallery Technical Bulletin 30th Anniversary Conference, 16-18 September 2009, London (UK), Archetype Publications Ltd., London 2011,
Macartney, H. and Glendinning, N. (eds.): Spanish Art in Britain and Ireland, 1750-1920: Studies in reception in memory of Enriqueta Harris Frankfort. Tamesis, Woodbridge, 2010.
MacDonald, M., Petri, G., Hausberg, M., and Meacock, J.: James McNeill Whistler: The Etchings, a Catalogue Raisonné [Website]. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK, 2012.
Nichols, T: Titian and the end of the Venetian Renaissance: Reaktion Books, London, 2013.
Paterson, D: ‘Moving Poses/Arrested Feeling: Jimmy Robert’s ‘L’Education Sentimentale’ in B. Cone (ed ): The Sensible Stage, Picture this with Plenty Projects, Bristol, 2012
Pearce, N.: ‘A flash in the pan’. In: Pearce, N. and Steuber, J. (eds.) Original Intentions: Essays on Production, Reproduction and Interpretation in the Arts of China. University Press of Florida, 2012
Quye, A., Hallett, K., and Herrero Carretero, C: 'Wrought in Gold and Silk': Preserving the Art of Historic Tapestries. NMS, Edinburgh, 2009.
Richards,J.: ‘Oblivion Deferred: Altichiero in the Fifteenth Century.’ RIHA Journal (International Research Institutes in the History of Art’ journal ), 2013.
Roodt, C., and Carey Miller, D. (2013) ‘Stolen cultural property: implications of Vitium Reale in private law and private international law’. Transnational Dispute Management, 5 (2013).
Rush, S.: ‘Stirling Castle Palace: The Identification and Interpretation of the Stirling Heads’ (Report for Historic Scotland: Currently in preparation).
Strickland, D.H.: ‘Monstrosity and race in the Late Middle Ages’. In: Mittman, A. and Dendle, P. (eds.) The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous. Ashgate, Aldershot, 2012.
Torma, M: Enchanted by Lohans: Osvald Sirén’s Journey into Chinese Art. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2013.
Wieber, S. and Blackshaw, G: Journeys into Madness: Mapping Mental Illness in Vienna 1900. Berghahn, New York, USA, 2012.
Willsdon, C.A.P.: Jardines Impresionistas. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, 2010.