Guest & visiting lecturers

UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy maintains a regular programme of guest lecturers and Distinguished Lecturer Series to augment our students’ exposure to this expansive discipline, informing them of wider art historical, theoretical and non-western topics that expand upon the School’s teaching programme.

 2018, 25 April

Vanitas Imagery in Still Lifes with Musical Instruments: the Case of Evaristo Baschenis

Dr Corinna Ricasoli, Museum of the Bible, Washington DC

Theatre N, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield.

“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity!” What does this verse mean? Where does it come from? What were its repercussions on art? This lecture will focus on the theme of vanitas, and on the popularity of the vanitas-still life genre in seventeenth-century art. Particularly, it will examine the work of the Italian painter Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677) and the vanitas imagery present in his remarkable still lifes of musical instruments.

 

 

 2018: 3 April 

The Allure of the Antique: Pompeo Batoni and Antiquity in the Grand Tour Portrait, 1750-1775

Dr Maeve O'Dwyer, University of Lincoln

Theatre 0, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield.

 

This paper examines the use of antiquity in portraits of British and Irish grand tourists at Rome by Italian artist Pompeo Batoni. It briefly examines early innovation in the inclusion of recognisable architectural and artistic symbols of ancient Rome within the portrait space, before questioning the significance of the inclusion of sculpted nudity.

 

2017, 21 September

Jacopo Bassano, localism and the painting of rural life

Dr Tom Nichols, Reader in History of Art, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Newman House, 85-86 St. Stephen’s Green.

 

 

 

2016, 22 September

Stick or Twist?: Writing a New History of Venetian Renaissance Art

Dr Tom Nichols, Reader in History of Art, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow

Newman House, 85-86 St Stephen's Green.

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Migrating objects: J.H. Foley and empire
Professor Fintan Cullen, Professor of Art History, University of Nottingham
Mon, 11 April 2016 at 5:30pm

Love/Hate: Contemporary art is here to stay
Dr Barbara Dawson, Director, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
Thurs, 21 April 2016 at 5:30pm

The Zodiaque Series on Romanesque art and the influence of Françoise Henry’s contributions 1963-1964
Professor Janet T Marquardt, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Art History & Women’s Studies, Eastern Illinois University
Mon, 25 April 2016 at 5:30pm, [Cancelled]

Drawing in Venice in the age of Titian
Dr Catherine Whistler, Acting Keeper of the Western Art Department, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Thurs, 5 May 2016 at 5:30pm

Velázquez as portraitist

Dr Peter Cherry, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, Thurs, 12 February 2015

 

The Nature of Drawing

Lorcan Walshe, artist, Thurs, 5 March 2015

 

Spanish Old Masters and a Modern Sensibility

Professor Edward J Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, Thurs, 23 April 2015

 

Funded by UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies With the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain 

 

RM Series 3

26 Mar, 2015: Immigrants and citizens in imperial Rome, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Honorary Professor of Roman Studies, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
27 May, 2014: Sacred & profane in Titian’s late mythologies, Dr Tom Nichols, University of Glasgow
22 Feb, 2013: The Art World is Dead, David Ross, School of Visual Arts in New York City, in conversation with Declan McGonagle, NCAD. [Part of The ‘Educational Turn’ and other Detours: Art, Curating and the Academy Distinguished Speaker Series.
5 Apr, 2012: Associations promoting art in the public sphere: new exhibiting spaces in the Enlightenment and Romanticism, J. Pedro Lorente, University of Zaragossa
29 Mar, 2012: Outside the Canon of High Renaissance Art: Masterpieces by Leone and Pompeo Leoni in Spain, Dr Rosemaire Mulcahy, Adjunct Professor at UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy
1 Feb, 2011: Heroes and Kings of the Shahnama: The Iranian National Epic and the Chester Beatty Library, Dr Elaine Wright, Curator of Islamic Art, Chester Beatty Library
11 Nov, 2010: David Chipperfield: Public Works, Sir David Chipperfield [in association with the OPW and the NGI]
23 Sept, 2010: Patrons, Piety and Self-Promotion in Venetian Renaissance Painting, Professor Peter Humfrey, University of St Andrews
8 Apr, 2010: From the Spanish Match to the Spanish Civil War: The British and Irish in Spain 1623-1939, Dr David Howarth, Reader in History of Art, Edinburgh University
25 Mar, 2010: Irish Farmhouse Interiors through Artists' Eyes: Genre Painting as evidence for 19th century Material Culture, Dr Claudia Kinmonth
25 Feb, 2010: The Royal Hospital & the Collins Barracks, Dr Edward McParland, Trinity College Dublin
26 Jan, 2010: ‘interludium’, Sean Shanahan [in connection with an installation in the stairhall of Newman House]

Visiting Lecturer 26 March 2015

A collaboration between the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at UCD and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Trinity College, this series of lectures provided a significant contribution to expanding fields of academic enquiry in visual and material cultures, re-assessing the role decoration within historiography of early modern architecture and building culture.  Convened by Dr Chrisine Casey (TCD), Dr Conor Lucey (UCD) & Dr Lynda Mulvin (UCD), the series was supported by UCD Seed Funding Scheme & TRIARC.

 

16 Oct: The decorative architecture of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Dr Martin Krummholz, Institute of Art History of the Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
23 Oct: The Palacio de Castrelos, an Irish interior in a Spanish country house, Victor Borges, Senior Sculpture Conservator, V&A Museum, London
30 Oct: Shakespeare, Straford-upon-Avon and the visual culture of early modern England, Dr Tara Hamling, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
13 Nov: Renaissance ornament: conceptual and formal transformations, Dr Clare Guest, Muriel McCarthy Fellow, Marsh’s Library, Dublin
20 Nov: ‘The hand that flourished without rival’: drawing, movement, and form in eighteenth-century decorative plasterwork, Jenny Saunt, PhD candidate, Courtauld Institute, London

Ornament Matters

 

The Conversations on Art in Ireland lecture series (2008 & 2009) brought leading international scholars to speak on Irish topics and works of art in Irish collections in the School’s undergraduate & postgraduate lecture modules. These series of lectures were funded by a UCD Seed Funding Grant awarded to Dr Nicola Figgis.

Conversations on Art in Ireland 2009: In March and April the School welcomed Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby, Associate Professor of the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor Wolfgang Sonne, Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Dortmund. 

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby who specializes in eighteenth- through early twentieth-century French art and visual and material culture particularly in relation to colonial politics, addressed two paintings by eighteenth-century Irish artists in the National Gallery of Ireland. She discussed Charles Jervas’ Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu whose letters from Turkey are particularly celebrated and vivid observations of Eastern life, and in examining Thomas Hickey’s An Indian Lady and related works she questioned eighteenth-century colonial constructions of the Indian woman.

Wolfgang Sonne, author of Representing the State: Capital City Planning in the Early Twentieth Century, delivered two lectures exploring firstly the planning recommendations and designs for Dublin in the Abercrombie Report of 1922, and secondly more recent architectural and urban design plans for Dublin, in particular the work of Group 91 Architects, author of the Temple Bar architectural framework plan.

 

Conversations on Art in Ireland 2008: In April the School welcomed two visiting lecturers as part of the inaugural Conversation on Art in Ireland series, Darielle Mason, Stella Kramrisch Curator of South Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Arindam Dutta, Associate Professor of Architectural History, MIT.

Darielle Mason delivered a pair of lectures on Rajput painting, drawing in particular on examples from the outstanding collection in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.

Arindam Dutta spoke on on the Hindu iconography in Harry Clarke's stained-glass window, The Eve of St Agnes, 1924, [Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane].