Staff Profiles

Dr Ian Holgate

Senior Lecturer in History of Art

School of History, Philosophy and Culture

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Ian Holgate

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 483465



My teaching and research interests concern the physical qualities of art objects (technologies and processes of making; choice, sourcing and treatment of materials; manufacturing of colours, for example) as well as with the artists themselves (for example, issues of artistic identity; the nature of the careers of artists; strategies for negotiating the art market). These two strands of investigation form the basis for my most recent teaching, most notably in the advanced seminar, Tradition and Innovation in Renaissance Venetian Painting, 1440-1590. The module includes the opportunity to view the paintings themselves (taking advantage of the National Gallery’s collection) and my teaching emphasises the value of this engagement with the physical objects.