Research Output per year
Karen Serres received her training in art history and museum studies at the Ecole du Louvre (1993-1997) and the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne (1997-1998). She completed her MA (1999) and PhD (2004) at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where her research focused on French and Italian Baroque painting.
She was then appointed Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, working on both painting and sculpture. This led to her appointment as Robert H. Smith Research Curator in the Sculpture Department of that institution. In 2009, she was named the Nina and Lee Griggs Associate Curator of European Art at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. She returned to the Courtauld as Schroder Foundation Curator of Paintings in September 2012.
Karen’s current projects involve the preparation of the Gallery’s Summer Showcase, on unfinished and seemingly unfinished works of art in the collection, as well as a display of the grisailles of Pieter Bruegel the Elder in 2016. The Gallery’s permanent collection of paintings before 1900 is the object of an ongoing, long-term research project, with the aim of producing a scholarly catalogue online.
Karen is also preparing an article on the Italian frames commissioned by the art dealer Joseph Duveen, as well as contributing to the catalogue of the Robert H. Smith collection of Renaissance bronzes.
- French and Italian Baroque painting
- Renaissance bronzes
- History of taste and of collecting
- Relationship between art history and conservation research
Fellowships, Awards and Honours
- French Academy in Rome-Villa Medici Fellowship
- British Federation of Women Graduates Scholarship
- Ecole Française de Rome Fellowship
- University of London, Central Research Fund Travel Grant
- Courtauld Institute of Art, Courtauld Studentship
British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Board Scholarship
- British Council in Paris, Entente Cordiale Scholarship
- Courtauld Institute of Art, Lucas Travel Grant
- College Art Association
- Renaissance Society of America
- Italian Art Society (member of the grant and travel committees)
- Association des historiens de l’art italien
The Courtauld Institute of Art
1999 → 2004
The Courtauld Institute of Art
1998 → 1999
Université Paris IV-Sorbonne
1997 → 1998
Ecole du Louvre
1993 → 1997
Yale University Art Gallery2009 → 2012
National Gallery of Art, Washington2007 → 2009
National Gallery of Art, Washington2004 → 2007
Agence Pont des Arts, Paris1998 → 1999
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
'Insoluble surface spots, metal soaps and challenges in the conservation of Goya’s Portrait of Francisco de Saavedra'Burnstock, A., Cross, M. & Serres, K., Sep 2017.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
'Bronze, Boxwood and Ivory in the Robert H. Smith Collection of Renaissance Sculpture. A Second Supplement to the Catalogue Volume ‘Art of the Renaissance Bronze 1500-1650'Serres, K. & Schmidt, E. D., 2016, In : Burlington Magazine.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article