Art History research

The research specialisms of the Art History team stretch from the Medieval to the Modern era. Europe is a key focus but we also have specialist knowledge in American art of the 19th and 20th centuries, and in transatlantic exchange. Our work is characterised by our interest in the social history of art, the role of art in the staging of national, political and sexual identities, the reception of art, and the history of exhibition practices and display strategies. We work as guest curators for galleries and museums in the UK and in Europe, and this means we also contribute to cultural debates generated by exhibitions of the present day.

Art History

Art History research

What does an art historian do? Dr Gemma Blackshaw, Professor of Art History at Plymouth University, speaks about her work as a researcher, curator and lecturer