Teaching Affiliate for Introduction to Art History I and II
I am a M3C/AHRC-funded PhD student focusing on an extreme revolution in taste in European art: the reception of Guido Reni and seventeenth-century Bolognese art in Britain. Guido Reni was one of the… read more
I am a M3C/AHRC-funded PhD student focusing on an extreme revolution in taste in European art: the reception of Guido Reni and seventeenth-century Bolognese art in Britain. Guido Reni was one of the most collectable and revered artists in seventeenth and eighteenth-century Britain. However, a collapse of his reputation in the nineteenth century led him to become deeply suspect in the popular imagination.
My research explores whether the response to Reni reflects wider historical changes in Britain and its developing national identity. My aim is to give a contextualised account of Reni's changing status in Britain from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, and to elucidate the role he played in the making of British art and national collections. My research will reveal particular aspects of British art, collecting, and literature, and set them within evolving ideologies of national identity; as such, the varied and extreme response to Reni will be highly revealing. My scope will be wide chronologically and will address large historical issues - the art market, the Grand Tour, and the place of Old Masters in the literary and historical imagination.
Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a Graduate Intern in the Old Masters Paintings department at Christie's, London, providing research for the July 2016 sales. I have also have completed curatorial internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, where I worked on the Robert Lehman Collection, and at the National Gallery, London, where I worked on the 'Beyond Caravaggio' exhibition (October 2016 - January 2017) and a display of Sir Anthony Caro's sculptural response to Duccio's Annunciation (June - November 2015). I am a qualified Teacher of Classics at secondary level with three years of teaching experience.