Courtauld library bookshelf

Completed PhD Theses

Recently completed PhD theses at The Courtauld Institute of Art


Aires de Campos, Miguel

Mirabilia depicta: image and imagination in the anglo-saxon wonders of the east’
Dr. John Lowden and Dr. Alixe Bovey

Jacek, Olender

Gecko-inspired Dry Adhesives: Evaluating their Applicability to the Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Dr. Stephen Whiteman

Stolyarov, Denis

(Post)Soviet Art in the Era of Wild Capitalism, 1986 – 1996
Prof. Sarah Wilson


Bartlett-Rawlings, Briony

Nicoletto da Modena and the centres of Italian Print Production c.1490-1522
Dr Scott Nethersole

Beltrami, Constanza

Juan Guas and Gothic Architecture in Late Medieval Spain: Collaborations, Networks, Geographies
Dr Tom Nickson

Biedarieva, Svitlana

Challenging the Legacies of the Olympics: Cultural Programmes of Mexico ‘68 and Moscow ‘80
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch

Capron, Emma

Altarpieces in Late Medieval Avignon: Case Studies in Patronage and Reception’
Dr Susie Nash

Cuckovic, Boris

A Digital Disenchantment: Source Materials in Western Art after the 2008 Financial Crisis
Prof. Julian Stallabrass 

Dalvit, Giulio

Rethinking Lorenzo di Pietro, known as Vecchietta (1410-1480)
Dr Scott Nethersole

Godetzky, Albert

‘Strength and Sinews ‘Haarlem Mannerism’ and the Emergence of a Dutch Body Politic, 1585-1595’
Prof. Joanna Woodall

Gurevich, Sofia

‘Soviet book design and The World of Art circle 1917-1930’
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch

Hansell, Lydia

Patronage of a Prelate: The Religious Foundations of Cardinal Jean Rolin (1408-1483)
Dr Susie Nash

Hume, Natalie

‘A treacherous mirror’: British commercial artists represent the United States. Case studies 1869–76.
Dr. Caroline Arscott

Morris, Natasha

Lions and Sons: The Masculine Image in Qajar Iran (1789 – 1925)
Dr Sussan Babaie

Parker, William

Laurence Binyon and the Influence of Paterian Aestheticism, 1873-1915
Prof. David Peterscorbett

Rostel, Alexander

Artistic Patronage Networks in Fifteenth Century Florence: The Corbinelli and Gondi Altarpieces
Dr Scott Nethersole

Speakman, Natalie

Medieval Ivories at the British Museum: Formation of a Collection, c. 1800-1900
Dr John Lowden

Zini, Claudia

Bosnia and Herzegovina: contemporary art from a post-conflict society
Dr Klara Kemp-Welch


Bueno de Mesquita, Nicholas

Soviet Architecture of the 1920s and Western Europe: Separate Modernisms or an’ International Front of Modern Architecture’? The Case of Germany
Charlotte Milner

Crack, Peter

Public Purchases of Early Italian Paintings in Twentieth-Century Britain
Dr Scott Nethersole  

Gent, Alexandra

Repetition and Replication in Joshua Reynolds’s Studio Practice
Prof. Aviva Burnstock and Prof. David Solkin

Howe, Catherine

Francis Bacon’s French Influence(s): From Surrealism to Post-structuralism
Dr Gavin Parkinson

Hughes, Thomas

John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Aestheticism
Prof. Caroline Arscott

Jang, Nayun

Cultural Memory of Democratisation and Globalisation in East Asian Art
Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Merlini, Anna

Symbolic images and the production of knowledge: Achille Bocchi, Ulisse Aldrovandi and academic networks in sixteenth-century Bologna

Dr Guido Rebecchini

Mustalish, Rachel

Materials and Techniques of Arthur Dove (1880–1946): Works on Paper and Selected Paintings, 1926–1946
Prof. Aviva Burnstock

Pietrabissa, Camilla

From Perspective to Place: the Landscape Tableau in Paris, c.1680-1750
Prof. Katie Scott

Rapacki, Kristina

Asger Jorn’s ‘folk’: Imagining ‘the people’ in wartime and postwar Europe 1941-1965
Dr. Gavin Parkinson

Robertson, Jessie

Hyper(in)visible. Art, Protest & Surveillance, 2011-16
Dr Wenny Teo

Secklehner, Julia

Frontiers of Identity: The Vienna and Prague Satirical Press in Political Crossfire 1918-1938
Klara Kemp-Welch

Stratton, Rachel

The Shape of the Message’ in the Art of the Independent Group: A Study in the role of General Semantics and Non-Aristotelian Logic, 1950–1961
Dr. Gavin Parkinson

Woolley, Elizabeth

Commercial domination of English ecclesiastical mural painting 1860-1910: demand, supply, technology and significance
Giovanni Verri


Adams, Ann – 2017/18

Spiritual Provision and Temporal Affirmation: Tombs of Les Chevaliers de la Toison d’Or from Philip the Good to Philip the Fair
Prof. Susie Nash

Bezverkhny, Eva

Compilation and Communication: Esfir Shub and Soviet Cinema 1919-1949
Prof. John Milner

Casini, Giovanni

Léonce Rosenberg and the Galerie De L’Effort Moderne: A Syncretic View of French Art During The 1920s’
Prof. Christopher Green

Coomasaru, Edwin

Contested Bodies: Gender, Sexuality and the Legacies of the ‘Troubles’ in Visual Culture
Prof. Mignon Nixon

Dentzer, Sophie

English Decorative Vaulting: Design, Invention and Integration in Gothic Architecture c. 1300
Dr. Tom Nickson

Eisenthal, Jessica

Medium and Mediation: A History of Video Art in Israel
Prof. Sarah Wilson

Gardner-Dseagu, Christine

Sex in Context: Sexual Art and Spectacle in the Roman World

Gordon, Theo

Sex and Violence: A New Psychoanalysis of Art of the American AIDS Crisis
Prof. Mignon Nixon

Keene, Bryan C.

Many Voices, Many Hands: Collaboration and Workshop Practice in Early Fourteenth-Century Illuminated Choir Books from Florence
Prof Joanna Cannon

Lundin, Jenna

The Montaged Environment: Painting Meets Photography On Show, From The 1930s Through The 1950s
Prof. Christopher Green

O’Donnell-Morales, Maeve

Altars and Altar Furnishings from the Kingdom of Castile, 1200-1350
Tom Nickson

Peel, Harriette

The Image of the Child in Late-Medieval Flanders
Prof. Susie Nash

Sears, Malgorzata

The Warsaw Group Rytm (1922-32) and Modernist Classicism
Prof. Gavin Parkinson

Shearman, Niccola

Weimar in Black and White: the woodcut in the work of Ernst Barlach and Lyonel Feininger in Germany, 1918-1927
Shulamith Behr

Tedbury, Imogen

Collecting, reception & display of trecento & quattrocento Sienese paintings in Britain, 1850-1950’
Prof. Joanna Cannon and Dr. Caroline Campbell


Atkin, William

Latent Possibilities: Theories and Practices of Magic in Surrealist Discourse on the Object, 1929-1976
Dr Gavin Parkinson

Budanova, Natalia

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Russian Women Artists on the Eve of, and During, the Great War
Prof. John Milner

Edwards, Emma

Reception and Reorientation: The Impact of Internationally Traded Objects in Italian Art and Architecture (950-1150)
Dr Antony Eastmond

Garrett, Rosamund

Canterbury Cathedral’s Choir Tapestry: Patronage, Production, History and Display
Prof. Susie Nash

Grimaldi, Matilde

The lost Romanesque cathedral of Tortosa: 1148-1703
Dr Tom Nickson

Hegenbart, Sarah

From Bayreuth to Burkina Faso: Christoph Schlingensief’s Opera Village Africa as contemporary Gesamtkunstwerk
Prof. Sarah Wilson

Joustra, Joost

Pictorial Space and Sacred Subject Matter in Florentine Painting 1425-1466
Dr Scott Nethersole

Jumabhoy, Zehra

Homi K. Bhabha’s Concept of National Identity and Contemporary ‘Indian’ Art
Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Kim, Elizabeth

Schizophrenic Video: The Reception of Early Video Art in New York, 1969-1985
Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Lebens, Naomi

Prints in Play: Printed Games and the Fashioning of Social Roles in Early Modern Europe

Llewellyn, Laura

Art, Community and Religious Women in the Oltrarno, Florence
Dr Scott Nethersole

Moyse, Lucy

Manifestations of Violence and Trauma Within Interwar Fashion, In London, Paris and New York
Dr Rebecca Arnold

Pasian, Chiara

Non-structural lime-based injection grouts with reduced water content for decorated surfaces
Prof. Sharon Cather

Potts, Philippa

‘A Watchlight for the Garden’: Stuart Ambassadors in English Garden History
Dr Christine Stevenson

Raybone, Samuel

Working as Caillebotte: Collecting, Ideology, and the Body in the French Third Republic
Dr. Satish Padiyar

Rossi, Maria Alessia

Christ’s Miracles in Monumental Art in Byzantium and Serbia (1280-1330)
Dr Anthony Eastmond

Saunt, Jane

Decorative Plasterwork in England, 1660-1700: Form, Materiality and Making
Dr Christine Stevenson

Spooner, Jane

Royal Wall Paintings in England in the Second Half of the Fourteenth Century
Prof. David Park


Gaskin, Fiona

British Landscape Painting, 1945-1963
Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Rae, Caroline

Anglo-Netherlandish Workshop Practice in the 1580s and early 1600s with a focus on the works of John de Critz the Elder and Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
Prof. Aviva Burnstock

Romano, Alexis

Prêt-à-Porter, Paris, and the Image of Women, 1945-1968
Dr Rebecca Arnold

Tobin, Jordan

Beyond Futurism to Suprematism: Re-assessing Futurist Dialogues between Italy and Russia 1909-1915
Prof. John Milner

Watling, Lucy

Documents of a Forgotten Network: The Loans to Twentieth Century German Art, London 1938
Dr Shulamith Behr


An, Hui-Kyung 

Identities Contested: Contemporary Korean Art and its Exhibitions, 1961-1975
Prof. Sarah Wilson

Barker, Jessica

Monuments and Marriage in Late Medieval England: Origins, Functions and Reception of Double Tombs
Prof. John Lowden and Prof. David Park

Burchard, Wolf

The Sovereign Artist. Charles Le Brun and the Art of Absolutism, 1665-1679
Prof. Katie Scott

Butakova, Elizaveta

A-Ya Magazine: Soviet Unofficial Art Between Moscow, Paris and New York, 1976-1986
Prof. Sarah Wilson

Cameron, James Alexander

Sedilia in Medieval England
Prof. Joanna Cannon and Prof. David Park

Camp, Mary Hogan

Superare la natura: The Portraits of Jacopo Pontormo
Dr Scott Nethersole and Prof. Paul Hills

Cheetham, Joanna

Hans Feibusch between Germany and Britain: Patronage and the Public Sphere
Dr Shulamith Behr

Chu, John

The Fortunes of Fancy Painting in Eighteenth-Century England
Prof. David Solkin and Prof. Katie Scott

Demarchi, Francesca

Book Illumination in Milan around the Year 1000: The Prayerbook of Arnulph II (London, British Library, MS Egerton 3763) and Some Related Manuscripts
Prof. John Lowden

Grasso, Maria

Imaging the Souls of the Blessed: Valenciennes, Bibliothèque Municipale, MS 500, Saint Amand, and the Parable of Dives and Lazarus, c. 835-1275
Prof. John Lowden

Gunzi, Freya Roo

Stanhope A. Forbes: Constructing Newlyn, 1885-1911
Prof. Caroline Arscott

Kaitavuori, Kaija

Art of Engagament: Audience Participation and Contemporary Art
Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Lee, Jiyoon

The Impact of Globalisation on Korean Contemporary Art since 1989
Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Lee, Judith

The chemical characterisation of water sensitive oil paint with a special focus on Winsor & Newton artists oil paints
Prof Aviva Burnstock

Low, David

Framing the Armenian Genocide: Photography and the Revisualisation of the Ottoman Empire, 1878-1923
Dr Shulamith Behr

Martin De Fonjaudran, Charlotte

Cleaning Asian Wall Paintings: Constraints and Development of an Open-Source Image Analysis Workflow for In-Situ Evaluation of Topographical Surface Changes
Prof. Sharon Cather

Noy, Irene

Sound Art, Gender and the West-German Context
Dr Shulamith Behr

Pantelides, Katerina

Russian Émigré Ballet and the Body: Paris and New York c.1920-50
Dr. Rebecca Arnold

Paschali, Maria

Painting Identities in Fourteenth-Century Famagusta: Byzantine and Gothic Imagery in Saint George of the Greeks and Our Lady of the Carmelites
Dr Anthony Eastmond

Richards, Marion

Salon Criticism of French Landscape Painting, 1855-1867
Prof. Caroline Arscott

Serafinowicz, Sylwia

More than Documentation: Photography from the People’s Republic of Poland between 1965-1972
Prof. Sarah Wilson

Stanford, Henrietta

Affective Afterlives: Encountering ‘Ulrike Meinhof’ in Yvonne Rainer’s Journeys from Berlin/1971 (1980), Gerhard Richter’s October 18, 1977 (1988), and Silvia Kolbowski’s A Few Howls Again? (2010)
Prof. Mignon Nixon

Weston, Giulia Martina

Niccolò Tornioloi: The Life and Times of A Sienese Painter in 17th Century Rome
Dr Sheila McTighe

Whitlum-Cooper, Francesca

Itinerant Pastellists: Circuits of Movement in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Prof. Katie Scott


Balfe, Thomas

The Animal and the Edible in the Work of Joannes Fyt (1611-61)
Prof. Joanna Woodall

Bhalla, Niamh

Social Histories of the Last Judgement in Byzantine Art
Prof. Antony Eastmond

Hartnell, Jack

Towards an Anatomical Art History. Medieval Objects in the Shared Space between Art and Medicine
Dr Antony Eastmond

Keiser, Alexandra

Alexander Archipenko and Cultural Exchange Between the Wars: From European Avant-Gardes to Avantgardism in the United States
Prof. Shulamith Behr

McDougall, Elizabeth

The Management of the Urban Property Portfolio of the Societa s. Salvatore, Rome 1500-1526
Dr Georgia Clarke

Rose, Sam

Formalism, Aestheticism, and Art Writing in England, c.1918-1939
Dr Gavin Parkinson

Starkova, Maria

Engendering the New Soviet Child: The Representation of Children as Pioneer Citizens of the USSR in the 1920s and 1930s
Prof. John Milner

Tommasini, Alexandra

The ‘Patient’ City. The Works and Practices of Photographer Gabriele Basilico
Prof. Shulamith Behr


Aloni Yaari, Shir

Brushstrokes: Hair in the Work of Contemporary Women Artists
Prof. Mignon Nixon

Anderson, Jocelyn

Country House Guide Books in the Late Eighteenth Century
Dr Christine Stevenson

Babbage Iorns, Deborah

Companionship and Collaboration: Rembrandt’s Pendant Marriage Portraiture
Prof. Joanna Woodall

Backhouse, Clare

Sartorial self-fashioning: Dress in portraits commissioned by women, 1558-1762
Prof. Aileen Ribeiro

Balona de Sa’Oliveira, Ana

Fort/Da: Unhomely and Hybrid Displacements in the Work of Ângela Ferreira, c. 1980-2008
Prof. Mignon Nixon

Brisby, Claire

The Samokov Archive: The perception of western art in icon-painters’ practice 1800-1850 in Bulgaria
Prof. Robin Cormack

Carter, Michael

Cistercian art and architecture in England during the late Middle Ages
Prof. David Park

Caruso, Martina

Miseria Miseri Cordia Mascolinita: Italian Humanist Photography, 1932-1962
Prof. Sarah Wilson

Chien, Shang-Min

Distributed Aesthetics in the East Asian Net Creations
Prof. Julian Stallabrass

Darell, Samantha

Mother of Pearl Carvings in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century
Prof. Susie Nash

Galimberti, Jacopo

Collective Art: Politics and Authorship in 1960’s Western Continental Europe
Prof. Sarah Wilson

Gottardo, Ketty

Print Culture in Rome in the Age of Barberini
Dr Sheila McTighe

Faulkner, Katherine

The Wrapped Body in the New Sculpture Movement (1880-1900)
Prof. Caroline Arscott

Gray, Emily

Early Printmaking in Florence: Origins, Forms and Function
Prof. Patricia Rubin

Kirk, Anna

The Female Doppelgänger in Victorian Art and Dress, c.1850-1899
Prof. Aileen Ribeiro

Kopp, Edouard

Sculpted Sanguines: Edme Bouchardon as a Draughtsman
Prof. Katie Scott

Milk Mac Farland, Joanna

From Doctors of the Church to Visionary Saints: Recasting Augustine and Jerome in Tuscan Paintings of the Fifteenth Century
Prof. Patricia Rubin

Nuttall, Geoffrey

Lucchese Patronage, 1400 to 1430
Prof. Patricia Rubin

Oliver, Lois

The Image of the Artist, Paris 1815-1855
Prof. John House

Payne, Edwa

Ribera’s Saints: Representing Body and Soul
Dr Sheila McTighe

Richter, Mark

Coloured glazes on silver leaf of the Baroque and Rococo period in Southern Germany and Austria (c.1600-1780)
Prof. Aviva Burnstock

Shabanov, Andrey

Peredvizhniki, or the Wanderers: the social history of an artists’ movement in later nineteenth-century Russia
Prof. David Solkin

Terracciano, Emilia

Modernist Musing in the shadow of Swadeshi
Prof Deborah Swallow

Thoma, Julia

The Final Spectacle: Military Painting under the Second Empire, 1855-1867
Prof. John House and Prof. Satish Padiyar

Tsai, Pei-Kuei

Making the Political Personal and the Personal Political : A multiple case study of August Sander, Andy Warhol, Trinh T. Minh-Ha and Chen Chieh-Jen
Prof. Julian Stallabrass


Brown, Meredith

A History of A.I.R Gallery: Feminism and the Art institution (1970s, New York)
Prof. Mignon Nixon

Elmer, Samuel

Democratic Mordernisum: Promoting Modern Art in England c.1908-1934
Prof. Christopher Green

Givens, Ashley

From the Archetypal to Imtimate: Offical Representation of Napolean iii, 1850-1866
Prof. John House

Lopez-Fanjul Diez Del Corral, Maria

Collecting Italian Drawings in Seventeenth Century Spain: The Marques del Carpio’s Collection
Dr Sheila McTighe

Paydar, Nikoo

Scheherazade and The Odalisque in Early Twentieth-Century Visual Culture: Leon Bakst, Henri Matisse and Paul Poiret
Prof. Christopher Green

Pittaluga, Michela

Collections and Social Status: Venetian Presence in Genoese Collections of the Golden Century (1523-1656/7)
Prof. Paul Hills