Dr Anne Puetz

Head of Short Courses

Anne Puetz is responsible for The Courtauld’s extensive programme of art history short courses.

Anne studied at UCL and at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa for her undergraduate degree in Italian and Art History, has an MA in art history from The Courtauld, and was supervised for her  PhD on British design prints by Professor Diana Donald, at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Anne was Paul Mellon Centre-funded Research Curator of  The Courtauld Gallery’s ground-breaking exhibition Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836 (2001), is a translator, has written and recorded audio-guides, and lectures on aspects of late seventeenth- to late nineteenth-century British and French art. She re-joined The Courtauld in 2008 and her main focus has since been to communicate art-historical research to the public.  Having taught with conservator Clare Richardson for many years, Anne is particularly interested in collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches to art history and has recently designed and led workshops on visual literacy for medical professionals.


Art history short courses taught regularly

An Introduction to Art History, with Clare Richardson

Into the Modern: The arts in Britain and France from the early 18th to the early 20th century – Materials, Media and Debates, an intermediate course with Clare Richardson

Object/Subject: Modern Women in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Expressionist art at the Courtauld Gallery, with Niccola Shearman


  • Theories, practices and technologies of artistic reproduction
  • Display cultures
  • Art and national identities
  • The concept of ‘modernity’
  • Intersections of art and craft
  • Art institutions and artists’ training and education
  • Print culture

PhD thesis (2007), The Emergence of a Print Genre: the Production and Dissemination of the British Design Print 1730s-1830s – accessible via the British Library’s Ethos e-theses online service

Selected Publications

Edited special issues

Co-editor with Glenn Adamson, special issue of RIHA Journal, ‘When Art History Meets Design History’ (March 2014)


‘1811: Henry Bone’s Enamels and the Triumph of Skill’. In The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle, 1769-2018, edited by Mark Hallett, Sarah Victoria Turner and Jessica Feather. London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2018. 

‘Drawing from Fancy: The Intersection of Art and Design in Mid-Eighteenth-century London’, in special issue of RIHA Journal, ‘When Art History Meets Design History’ (March 2014) 

‘Design Instruction for Artisans in Eighteenth-Century Britain’, Journal of Design History, Volume 12, Issue 3, 1999, Pages 217–239.


Stories of progress and property: on the European Galleries at the V&A, Art Newspaper, 10 March 2016

Book chapters

‘The Society and the ‘Polite Arts’ 1754-1778, ‘best drawings’, ‘high’ art and designs for the Manufactories’, in Susan Bennett, ed, Cultivating the Human Faculties, James Barry (1741-1806) and the Society of Arts, (Cranbury, NJ, 2008), pp. 26-42

‘Foreign Exhibitors and the British School at the Royal Academy, 1768-1823, in David H Solkin (ed.), Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, 2001, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, pp. 229-241, 253-254