Research course

Early modern art

Open University · Department of Art History

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The department has a strong specialisation in Early Modern art that spans the history of Byzantine art, the Italian Renaissance and Northern Renaissance art. Our research considers both canonical and non-canonical imagery using a range of contextual approaches. Archival research and the close examination of objects, as well as innovative methodologies, inform our investigation of focused problems in Early Modern art history.

Potential research projects

We welcome applications to study topics that complement our current research.

Current/recent research projects
  • Culture, Humanism and Intellect: Cardinal Bessarion as Patron of the Arts.
  • Giotto’s Enterprise: Art, Avarice and Ambition in Trecento Italy.
  • Ecclestiastical Art of the Fifteenth to Seventeenth Centuries from a Contextural/Liturgical Perspective.
  • A group of 15th/16th century Netherlandish illuminated manuscripts in Alnwick Castle.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
distance learning
variable months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 652479