Panel discussion: Transforming Art History

Giotto’s Circle

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London

Engaging with the Trecento



  • Caroline Campbell: Head of the Curatorial Department and Curator of Italian Paintings before 1500, National Gallery
  • Eloise Donnelly: University of Cambridge/British Museum collaborative doctorate; formerly Art Fund Curatorial Trainee, National Gallery/York Art Gallery
  • Anna Koopstra: Simon Sainsbury Curatorial Assistant, National Gallery
  • Kirsten Simister: Curator of Art, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
  • Imogen Tedbury: Courtauld Institute/National Gallery collaborative doctorate
  • Lucy West: Art Fund Curatorial Trainee, National Gallery/Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Prompted by the recent arrival of two early-fourteenth-century Italian paintings in permanent collections of UK Galleries (Pietro Lorenzetti at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, and Giovanni da Rimini at the National Gallery, London) this panel presentation explores the mechanisms behind such acquisitions, and the challenges and opportunities in presenting unfamiliar material to present-day gallery visitors.  How can museums and galleries introduce such works to a wider public, communicate the significance of these rare acquisitions, encourage viewers to engage fruitfully with them, and integrate these works into their permanent displays?  And how do present-day approaches compare with those of previous centuries?

Panel members include curators involved in these acquisitions and interpretations, at Hull and at the National Gallery, and in the redisplay of the early Italian paintings of the Lycett Green Collection in the permanent collection at York Art Gallery.  A series of short presentations will be followed by panel discussion.

Published by thegrailquest

Anastasija Ropa holds a doctoral degree from Bangor University (North Wales), for a study in medieval and modern Arthurian literature. She has published a number of articles on medieval and modern Arthurian literature, focusing on its historical and artistic aspects. She is currently employed as guest lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education. Anastasija’s most recent research explores medieval equestrianism in English and French literary art and literature, and she is also engaged as part-time volunteer horse-trainer. In a nutshell: Lecturer at the Latvian Academy of Sport Education Graduate of the School of English, University of Wales, Bangor. Graduate of the University of Latvia Passionate about history, particularly the Middle Ages A horse-lover and horse-owner

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