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Professor Stephen Bann

C.B.E., B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Cantab.), F.B.A.

  • BS8 1TB

1967 …2014

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Personal profile

Research interests

Stephen Bann’s research ranges broadly over issues relating to the representations of history and the dissemination of print images, with a special emphasis on France in the nineteenth century. His work has been widely influential in both these areas, and since 2000 he has held visiting fellowships and appointments at some of most prominent Research Institutes in Europe and America. Since 2008, he has also served as a guest curator for major exhibitions at the National Gallery, London, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon. Having published throughout his career as a critic and historian of modern art, he continues to be active in writing on the work of a number of contemporary artists.    


  • Museum history and theory (especially curiosity and antiquarianism)
  • Historical representation in painting and other visual media
  • nineteenth-century print culture (France and Britain)
  • English art criticism (Hazlitt, Pater, Stokes)
  • 20th century avant-garde movements
  • Post-modern media and installation art
  • land art and garden/landscape theory

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Research Output

  • 63 Chapter in a book
  • 21 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 15 Authored book
  • 7 Edited book

Au fil de l’histoire: généaIogie des genres « anecdotique » et « historique »

Bann, S., 2014, L’Invention du Passé : Histoires de cœur et d’épée en Europe, 1802-1850 (exhibition cataologue). Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, p. 12-25

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

Delaroche off stage

Bann, S., 2014, Art, Theatre and Opera in Paris, 1750-1850. Hibberd, S. & Wrigley, R. (eds.). Ashgate Publishing Ltd., p. 145-58

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


Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Bann, Stephen (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Other distinction

Edmond Safra Visiting Professor

Bann, Stephen (Recipient), 2005

Prize: Other distinction


Bann, Stephen (Recipient), 1998

Prize: Election to learned society


L’Histoire mise en scène. Représentation du passé et construction des identités dans l’art du XIXe siècle

Stephen Bann (Organiser)

12 Jun 201413 Jun 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Wilmington Square Books (Publisher)

Stephen Bann (Editor)


Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Yale Center for British Art

Stephen Bann (Visitor)


Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution