Courtauld Books Online

Courtauld Books Online is a series of online scholarly books published by The Courtauld Institute of Art. The series includes research publications that emerge from Courtauld Research Forum events and Courtauld projects involving an array of outstanding scholars from art history and conservation across the world. The series consists of discrete books, shaped by a rigorous academic peer-review process. It is an open-access series, freely available to read online and to download without charge. The series has been developed in the context of research priorities of The Courtauld which emphasise the extension of knowledge in the fields of art history and conservation, and the development of new patterns of explanation.

Series Editor: Dr Lucy Bradnock

Producer: Dr Grace A Williams

Courtauld Books Online Advisory Board:

Paul Binski (University of Cambridge)
Thomas Crow (Institute of Fine Arts, New York University)
Michael Ann Holly (Starr Director Emeritus of the Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute)

We are currently not accepting formal proposals until 1 September 2023. Please contact with any queries.

Latest Release

Imagining the Apocalypse: Art and the End Times

Edwin Coomasaru and Theresa Deichert eds.

What are the politics of picturing the end times? This online, open-access essay collection explores how art and visual culture has imagined Armageddon across the globe from the eighteenth century to the present. The book considers the ways in which apocalypticism has been contested by social conservatives and progressives, drawn on to perpetuate or challenge structures of power. Contributors discuss homophobia and queer utopias, climate change and nuclear anxieties, folk monsters and fears of revolt, imperial violence and anti-colonial imagination, the staging of conflict and disaster, popular culture and fascism, faith and denial in church congregations. Each reveal how a series of contradictions underpin the end times: beginnings and endings, annihilation and revelation.

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