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Karen Serres

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  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

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Overview

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.

Research interests

  • French and Italian Baroque painting
  • Renaissance bronzes
  • History of taste and of collecting
  • Frames
  • Relationship between art history and conservation research

Fellowships, Awards and Honours

2002-2003
  • French Academy in Rome-Villa Medici Fellowship
2002-2003
  • British Federation of Women Graduates Scholarship
2001
  • Ecole Française de Rome Fellowship
2001
  • University of London, Central Research Fund Travel Grant
2000-2002
  • Courtauld Institute of Art, Courtauld Studentship
1999-2002
  • British Academy, Arts and Humanities Research Board Scholarship
1998-1999
  • British Council in Paris, Entente Cordiale Scholarship
1998-1999
  • Courtauld Institute of Art, Lucas Travel Grant

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • Italian Art Society (member of the grant and travel committees)
  • Association des historiens de l’art italien

Education/Academic qualification

The Courtauld Institute of Art

19992004

The Courtauld Institute of Art

19981999

Université Paris IV-Sorbonne

19971998

Ecole du Louvre

19931997

External positions

Yale University Art Gallery

20092012

National Gallery of Art, Washington

20072009

National Gallery of Art, Washington

20042007

Agence Pont des Arts, Paris

19981999

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Research Output 2003 2018

'Charles I, Henrietta Maria and the Italian Baroque'

Serres, K., 2018, Charles I. King and Collector. Shawe-Taylor, D. & Rumberg, P. (eds.). London: Royal Academy of Arts Publications

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

'Duveen's Italian Framemaker, Ferruccio Vannoni'

Serres, K., May 2017, In : Burlington Magazine. 159, 1370, p. 366-374

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘Modern Workers. Soutine’s Sitters on Context’

Serres, K., 2017, Soutine’s Portraits. Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys. Paul Holberton Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter