Paul Crossley was educated at Downside School and Trinity College Cambridge, where he read Law and History of Art. He completed his doctorate, on the history of Polish Medieval architecture, at Trinity College and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. From 1971 to 1990 he was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the History of Art at Manchester University. In 1990 he joined the teaching staff of The Courtauld Institute, first as a Senior Lecturer and then (from 2002) as a Professor. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Foreign Fellow of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Current research/interests:


  • Gothic architecture in Eastern Europe as much as in the West


Programmes taught during the forthcoming academic year


  • MA The Gothic Cathedral
  • BA Third year option. The Gothic Cathedral in France and England
  • 1st Year BA Topic. Architecture and Kingship. Westminster Abbey and the art of Henry III
  • BA Texts and Contexts . The Metaphysics of Art History.

Recent/forthcoming publications

'The Reshaping of French Gothic ' Review article, Burlington Magazine, CLII, 2010, pp. 177-179.

'Prague Cathedral, the Frauenkirche In Nuremberg, and All Saints chapel in Prague castle', in: Z. Opacic, Prague and Bohemia (Medieval Art, Architecture and Cultural Exchange in Central Europe' (The British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions XXXII, Leeds 2009), pp. 35-44.

'England trifft auf Deutschland. Der Fall Nikolaus Pevsner', Zeitschrift des Deutschen Vereins fur Kunstwissenschaft, 62 (2008), pp. 247-256

'Between Spectacle and History. Art History and the Medieval Exhibitions', in R. Marks, ed. 'Late Gothic England, Art and Display (London, 2007), pp. 138-153.

“Salem and the Ogee Arch” Architektur und monumentalskulptur des 12.-14 - Jahrhunderts. Festschrift für Peter Kurmann ed. Stephan Gasser et al. (Bern, Berlin, Wien, 2006)

Pater Patriae – Cracow Cathedral and St Stanislas” in: Europa und seine Nachbarländer, ed. By J. Fajt and M. Hörsch (Leipzig, Berlin 2006)

Reviews for “Hungarian Quarterly, 48 (2006) pp3-8

 Art Bulletin, 88 (2006) pp393-6

With Zoe Opacic, “Prague as a New Capital”, in: Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, edited by B. D. Boehm and J. Fajt (New Haven and London 2005) pp59-73

‘Introduction’ to the edited book by Peter Draper entitled Reassessing Niklaus Pevsner, Ashgate (2004)

‘Peter Parler and England. New Thoughts on Old Problems’, Wallraf-Richartz Jahrbuch (2004)

‘Polona Sacra and Bohemia Sacra. Architecture and Ceremonial in Krakow and Prague Cathedrals’, Folia Historia Artium 10, 5-30 (2002)

‘’’The Soldier of Science’’: Paul Frankl and the Gothic Cathedral’, in Amico Amicis. Essays Presented to Lech Kalinowski on his 80th Birthday, Krakow, 22-34 (2002)


Gothic architecture, Middle ages, Cathedral, Liturgy, Peter Parler, Prague cathedral, Westminster abbey, Polish culture, Cracow.