Director- Professor Caroline van Eck
Caroline van Eck studied art history at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris, and classics and philosophy at Leiden University. She has taught at the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen and Leiden, where she was appointed Professor of Art and Architectural History in 2006. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Warburg Institute and the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art at Yale University, and a Visiting Professor in Ghent, Yale and York. In September 2016 she took up her appointment as Professor of Art History at Cambridge. In 2017 she gave the Slade Lectures in Oxford.Her main research interests are art and architectural history and theory of the early modern period; the relations between rhetoric and the arts; classical reception, and the anthropology of art.Recent publications include Classical Rhetoric and the Arts in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007); Art, Agency and Living Presence. From the Animated Image to the Excessive Object (Munich and Leiden: Walter De Gruyter/Leiden University Press, 2015); 'The Hôtel de Beauharnais in Paris: Egypt, Rome, and the dynamics of cultural transformation', in: K. von Stackelberg and E. Macaulay-Lewis (eds.), Housing the Romans (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016); and the Wiley/Blackwell Companion to Eighteenth-Century Architecture (Boston/Oxford: Wiley, 2016).