History of Art at Edinburgh is one of the largest units in the UK and worldwide, with a remarkable range of global research expertise across chronological and geographical specialisms. We study Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and Japanese history of art and architecture alongside early Celtic, Scottish Enlightenment and Contemporary art, European Medieval and Renaissance, and Modern and Contemporary specialisms. We enjoy strong working relationships with Edinburgh's world-class galleries, museums and collections, and have a collaborative environment bringing together theorists and practitioners across a wide range of university-wide interdisciplinary interests. Our interdisciplinary research strengths include collaboration with studio art and design, study of text and image, art and science, art and anthropology, geography, history, and art and language.
Our approach to research
The School of History of Art is active in the development of partnerships beyond and within the academy. We have curated critically-acclaimed exhibitions in partnerships with national and internationally-leading museums on subjects that range from Celts, to Indian art and material culture, Expressionism and Impressionism. Our research partners in Edinburgh include the National Gallery of Scotland, the National Portrait Gallery of Scotland, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Museum of Scotland, and University of Edinburgh’s Art Collections, Talbot Rice Gallery, and Centre for Research Collections. The depth of our expertise is reflected in the recent ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership in collaboration with Tate and National Galleries of Scotland.
We host the highly respected online journal Art in Translation, which makes texts written in a variety of languages accessible to English language researchers and explores wider questions around multilingual artistic cultures. We are also home to current editorships of the national and world-leading journal for the discipline, Art History, and Britain’s leading journal for interdisciplinary research in the Renaissance, Renaissance Studies.
The significance of our research
Our faculty lecture regularly at world-renowned research institutes and universities, and give public lectures in national museums and galleries in Britain, Europe, Asia and the Americas. Our research has won funding and scholarships from all the major funding bodies and research centres for the discipline both nationally and internationally, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, the Leverhulme Trust, the American Academy in Rome, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery Washington, and the Getty Foundation. In recognition of our leading position in research, our staff are members of boards of review for major journals, academic publishers, research foundations and funders, and galleries and museums both at home and abroad.