School staff and students participate in University-wide research centres such as the St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies and the Scottish Studies Network. Our principal strengths lie in the areas of medieval and Renaissance art, in European and American modernism, the history of photography, the decorative arts in Britain and Museum and Gallery Studies.

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Recent Submissions

  • The artistic patronage of the cardinals of Pope Pius II (1458-64) 

    Richardson, Carol M. (University of St Andrews, 1996-07) - Thesis
    This dissertation evaluates the patronage of the cardinals - not the popes - in early Renaissance Rome. It concentrates on the watershed papacy of Pius II (1458-64), which was shaped by two major events: the Conciliar ...
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez : from figuration to kineticism 

    Sassu Suarez Ferri, Natalia (University of St Andrews, 2015-04) - Thesis
    The Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (b.1923) is an exemplar of modernism both in Europe and in Latin America. This thesis offers a broader understanding of his work by discussing his early paintings as a precedent to ...
  • The eighteenth century furniture trade in Edinburgh : a study based on documentary sources 

    Pryke, Sebastian (University of St Andrews, 1995) - Thesis
    “The existing work is easy to summarise; despite the ever present nature of furniture in people's lives, and its obvious position in a social context as a reflection of taste, wealth and progress, the study in Scotland of ...
  • Memorials of endurance and adventure : exhibiting British polar exploration, 1819 – c.1939 

    Murray, Katie (University of St Andrews, 2017-06-22) - Thesis
    Over eighty polar-themed exhibitions were held in Britain between 1819 and the 1930s, a time of intense exploration of both the Arctic and Antarctic. These varied from panoramas and human exhibits to displays of ‘relics’, ...
  • The sublime in Rothko, Newman and Still 

    McMahon, Cliff Getty (University of St Andrews, 1998) - Thesis
    An important body of literature has accumulated (both primary and secondary sources) which necessitates that Rothko, Newman and Still be placed in the tradition of the sublime. In attempting this task, a background is ...

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