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Karen Serres


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  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

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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

  • 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

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


The Courtauld Institute of Art


Université Paris IV-Sorbonne


Ecole du Louvre


External positions

Yale University Art Gallery


National Gallery of Art, Washington


National Gallery of Art, Washington


Agence Pont des Arts, Paris


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Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Grisaille Paintings

Serres, K. & Burnstock, A., Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Hand of the Master. Materials and Techniques of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Oberthaler, E., Hoppe-Harnoncourt, A., Penot, S., Spronk, R. & Sellink, M. (eds.). Kunsthistorisches Museum Publications in collaboration with Hannibal Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Samuel Courtauld, Champion of Impressionism

Serres, K., 2019, The Courtauld Collection, A Vision for Impressionism [exhibition catalogue]. Serres, K. (ed.). Fondation Louis Vuitton and Paul Holberton Publishing

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Book review of On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court

Serres, K., Dec 2018, In : Burlington Magazine. 160, 1389, p. 162-163

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

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'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

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