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, 13 November

Displaying Cairo: salvage, sales and scholarship in Paris 1878

Dr Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library

Theatre O, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield.



2018, 5 September

Architectural photography and History

Professor Angelo Maggi, Università Iuav di Venezia

Theatre O, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield.


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25 April, 2018: Vanitas Imagery in Still Lifes with Musical Instruments: the Case of Evaristo Baschenis, Dr Corinna Ricasoli, Museum of the Bible, Washington DC
3 Apr, 2018: The Allure of the Antique: Pompeo Batoni and Antiquity in the Grand Tour Portrait, 1750-1775, Dr Maeve O'Dwyer, University of Lincoln
21 Sep, 2017: Jacopo Bassano, localism and the painting of rural life, Dr Tom Nichols, Reader in History of Art, School of Culture & Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
22 Sep, 2016: Stick or Twist?: Writing a New History of Venetian Renaissance Art, Dr Tom Nichols, Reader in History of Art, School of Culture & Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
26 Mar, 2015: Immigrants and citizens in imperial Rome, Prof. Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, Hon. Prof. 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 
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, UCD School of Art History & 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 Sep, 2010: Patrons, Piety and Self-Promotion in Venetian Renaissance Painting, Prof. 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]

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

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].