24th January 2017

Baroque art and architecture in Italy

Professor Helen Hills

Helen Hills is Professor of History of Art at the University of York. She studied History at the University of Oxford before turning to History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London (MA with Distinction) where she also did her Ph.D. Her doctorate study of inlaid marble decoration in Sicily later became her first book 'Marmi Mischi Siciliani' and led her to examine the decoration of female convents in baroque Naples for her second book, 'Invisible City' (Oxford University Press, 2004) and thus the basis of a trajectory which includes 7 books and over 47 articles. Helen has taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at Smith College  in USA, the University of Kingston in Canada and Universities of Keele and Manchester in UK.

Principal research interests include: Baroque art and architecture, especially in Italy; baroque theory; architectural history and theory; gender, religion and art; materiality; silver; urbanism including post-industrialism in the UK.

​Helen has recently currently completed The Matter of Miracles​, a major scholarly monograph investigating ​architecture, ​materiality and miracles ​in baroque Naples. It will be published by Manchester University Press​ in June 2016​.

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