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Dr Philip Cottrell


Philip Cottrell

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Art History and Cultural Policy
01 716 8603
University College Dublin, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


Philip Cottrell's wide-ranging research has regularly appeared in prominent art historical journals such as 'Art Bulletin', 'The Burlington Magazine', 'Artibus et Historiae' and 'Venezia Cinquecento', and he has published reviews for 'Eighteenth-Century Studies', 'Apollo', 'Renaissance Studies' and 'The Irish Times'. His research on the Venetian renaissance painter Bonifacio de' Pitati forms the basis for a forthcoming monograph he is co-authoring with Peter Humfrey. Although Philip Cottrell's work often focuses on sixteenth-century Venetian painting, he has also published on a variety of topics, including aspects of the work of Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio, seventeenth-century English tomb sculpture, and nineteenth-century art collecting in Britain and America. He has recently completed a major digital humanities project, 'The Sir George Scharf Sketchbooks', in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London. This involves the digitisation of unpublished sketchbooks of the nineteenth-century connoisseur and curator, Sir George Scharf (1820-1895). His forthcoming work also includes an essay on Pietro Aretino and the painters of Venice in the 'Companion to Pietro Aretino' published by Brill. Other publications and awards: Philip Cottrell's essay on the funeral monument of John Donne in St Paul's Cathedral, London, appears in a volume he has co-edited with Wolfgang Marx of UCD School of Music entitled 'Death, Burial, and the Afterlife' (Carysfort Press, 2014). He has also contributed catalogue entries to the following international exhibitions: 'Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester' (Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, 2007); 'Venice and Egypt' (Doge's Palace, Venice, 2011), 'Schiavone: Tra Parmigianino, Tintoretto e Tiziano' (Venice, Museo Correr, 2015/ 16) and 'The Living Dead: Ecclesiastes Through Art' (Washington, Museum of the Bible, 2017/ 18). He has received research awards from the Russell Trust, the Carnegie Trust for Scotland, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York, the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the Royal Irish Academy, the National University of Ireland, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Yale/ Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Trust. The last three were in support of his Scharf digitisation project at the National Portrait Gallery, London. He has served on the committee of the Irish Association of Art Historians, and was instrumental in establishing 'Artefact', the association's journal, for which he also acted as an academic advisor. He has set up a blog that acts as a showcase for student research activities/ travel diaries related to the UCD Art History MA programme - see:


  • Lecturer in History of Art
    University of Aberdeen, Cultural History, Scotland1 Jan 2000 - 1 Jun 2000
  • Lecturer in Visual Arts
    Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, United Kingdom1 Sep 2000 - 1 Jul 2001
  • Lecturer in Art History
    University College Dublin, School of Art History & Cultural Policy, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2001


  • MA
    University of Aberdeen
  • PhD
    University of St Andrews


  • Italian