C.M. Richardson


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PhD projects

Renaissance/Early Modern cardinals/popes
<br/>Religious art and identity
<br/>Renaissance and Early Modern Rome
<br/>19th century Medievalism

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Carol is passionate about learning communities and is keen to avoid artificial distinctions between teaching and research. Her research/teaching focusses on the Italian Renaissance, especially Rome. Issues of institutional and religious identity and difference characterise her enquiries. Her approach is inclusive and multi-disciplinary. She lectures on Italian and Northern, Renaissance and Early Modern art, including specialist option courses on the papal court and on 'Catholic Reform' art in the sixteenth century.

Starting at the University of Edinburgh in 2012, she was head of History of Art in ECA from 2013-16. Before that, she was senior lecturer and associate dean (curriculum and awards) in the Faculty of Arts at The Open University in Milton Keynes.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The Artistic Patronage of the Cardinals of Pope Pius II (1458-64), University of St Andrews

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996


  • DG Italy
  • Rome
  • papacy
  • Venerable English College
  • Andrea Sansovino
  • Michelangelo
  • Bernini
  • Gilio
  • Errors of Painters


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