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My research interests relate to early modern art from the Netherlands, Germany and England.  My current research project concerns representations of hell, death and judgement in Germany and the Netherlands, and I am particularly interested in the impact of the Reformation on imagery both of this subject matter and more generally.  I completed my PhD at the University of Bristol in 2012 on the depiction of gloves in western art from c. 1400-1660, and continue to be interested in art and fashion in the early modern period.

I am involved in a variety of schools outreach and public engagement initiatives in the History of Art Department and more widely.  I am also one of the organisers of the Art History in the Pub, Bristol, which is an Association for Art History initiative.

Conference Papers:

'Portrait of Anna Boudaen Courten: Fashioning an "Anglo-Dutch" Identity', Society for Renaissance Studies (2021)

'Holes and Cavities in Early Modern Art: Death, Judgement and the Impact of the Reformation', at the conference 'The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity, 1400-1600', University of Huddersfield (2017)

'Holes and cavities in early modern art: hell, death or temptation?', University of Sussex (invited speaker) (2015)

'The vicarious hand, the intelligent glove', at the Early Modern Symposium: 'The Intelligent Hand, 1500-1800',Courtauld Institute (2014)

'Holes and Cavities in Early Modern Art: The Viewer's Response', at Society for Renaissance Studies Conference, University of Southampton (2014)

'Time, Space and Memory in Early Modern English Portraiture' at the conference 'Time and Space in Early Modern Literature and Culture, 1500-1700', Queen's University, Belfast (2014)



  • Art and Fashion
  • How to Live Well: The Art of the Netherlands 1500-1700
  • The City
  • Experiencing the Aesthetic
  • Introduction to Medieval Art
  • Introduction to Early Modern Art



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