We are delighted to welcome Caspar Pearson as the new Senior Lecturer in Art History and Convenor of the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture.
Caspar is Senior Lecturer in Art History. He teaches and publishes on the art, architecture and urbanism of the Italian Renaissance. In addition, he writes about aspects of contemporary architecture and urbanism in relation to the European Union and the fraught processes of globalisation. His research focuses especially on the themes of exile, place, and disorder. He has published in journals including: Oxford Art Journal, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Albertiana, Log, and City.
His first book, Humanism and the Urban World: Leon Battista Alberti and the Renaissance City (Penn State University Press, 2011), focuses on Alberti as an urbanist, casting him as a multifaceted moral and political thinker, for whom the city presented a problem of exceptional complexity. His second book, Leon Battista Alberti: The Chameleon’s Eye, part of the Renaissance Lives series (Reaktion, forthcoming), considers a range of Alberti’s activities, including his theory of painting and his technical and mathematical works.
His current book project is entitled The Classical Disorders. It will explore the nature of architectural monumentality and the aesthetics and iconography of giganticism in the Renaissance, as well as their afterlives in the modern and contemporary periods.
A few words from Caspar:
I am delighted to join the Warburg Institute, which I regard as the premier institution for the interdisciplinary study of images, texts and buildings that underpins all of my work. I am excited to collaborate with the excellent staff and students of the Institute and to work with the National Gallery. It is a great privilege to join an institution with such unparalleled scholarly resources and such a rich intellectual tradition. I look forward to helping to sustain that tradition and to contributing to the ongoing Warburg Renaissance.