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Dr Peter R Dent

BA(Oxon.), MA, PhD(Lond.)

  • BS8 1TB

20082018

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Personal profile

Research interests

The core of my research is centred on the sculpture of late medieval and early Renaissance Italy. I am currently finishing work on a monograph (Sculptural Encounters in Dante’s World) that explores the expectations and experiences of late medieval beholders when interacting with sculptural objects.  I have just begun research for a study of sculptural surfaces and skin between the late medieval period and the Renaissance.  I am also engaged in an ongoing project in collaboration with Dr Ettore Napione (Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona) on the sculpture of late medieval Verona. More broadly, I am interested in the history of sculptural aesthetics. In 2008, I organised an interdisciplinary conference on the subject of ‘Sculpture and Touch’.

I am a member of several research clusters at Bristol, including Early Italian Studies, Materialities and the Sea.

Research Supervision:

I am currently joint supervisor for PhD projects on Greek women sculptors in the postwar period, late medieval devotional imagery and the senses, and the artistic identity of early Netherlandish artists. I am interested in supervising research on late medieval and Renaissance Italy or on sculpture - or ideally a combination of the two. 

Teaching interests:

I teach on the medieval and early modern survey courses for undergraduates and contribute to the units on theory and methodology.  I also offer options on Italian art through to c.1600 and sculpture in general from antiquity to the present. At MA level I have helped to coordinate a collaborative curatorial option with the National Trust at Montacute House and the National Portrait Galllery. 

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Research Output

  • 7 Chapter in a book
  • 5 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 1 Edited book
  • 1 Comment/debate (Academic Journal)

Agency, Beauty and the Late Medieval Sculptural Encounter

Dent, P., 1 Jan 2018, The Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and Manipulation. Jurkowlaniec, G., Matyjaszkiewicz, I. & Sarnecka, Z. (eds.). New York and Milton Park: Routledge, p. 73-87 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

A Note on the Translation

Dent, P., 1 Oct 2018, In : Sculpture Journal. 27, 2, p. 251-252 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Lettre sur la sculpture: to M. Theodore de Smeth, former President of the Aldermen of the town of Amsterdam

Dent, P., 1 Oct 2018, In : Sculpture Journal. 27, 2, p. 253-275 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate (Academic Journal)

  • Activities

    External Examiner

    Peter R Dent (Examiner)

    1 Oct 2019 → …

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision

    Sienese Art Before 1400: Conference workshop

    Peter R Dent (Participant)

    14 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Sculpture and the City

    Peter R Dent (Organiser)

    29 Oct 201926 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion