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Sheila McTighe

Senior Lecturer

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

  • 41 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
1993 …2020

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Personal profile


Sheila McTighe took her PhD at Yale University with a thesis on Nicolas Poussin and libertinage, which became the subject of her first book. She taught subsequently at Cornell and Columbia Universities before arriving at The Courtauld in 1998. Her interests then took her toward the study of 17th century naturalism and the depiction of everyday life. This in turn led to fascination with 17th-century Italian and French prints and with print culture more broadly. She enjoys being able to teach in front of works of art in London’s museum collections, and travelling with students to study paintings and prints in Paris and Rome.

Research interests

  • The art and letters of Nicolas Poussin
  • Word and image studies; the ut pictura poesis tradition
  • Print culture and the early modern arts
  • Caravaggio and Caravaggism
  • Jacques Callot and etching in the 17th century
  • Reception theory and reception history
  • Artistic practice and the techniques of painting and printmaking
  • Early modern collecting and the arts of memory


  • Mellon post-doctoral fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, 1989-90
  • Guggenheim Fellowship 1997-98
  • Leverhulme 3-year Senior Research Fellowship, 2005-2008
  • AHRC Collaborative PhD award with the British Museum Dept. of Prints and Drawings, 2012-2015, to co-supervise with Dr. Mark McDonald the PhD research of Naomi Lebens

Other Ongoing Activities

  • Editorial board of the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
  • Jury for selection of Bourse André Chastel, Académie Française de Rome 2014
  • Member of the Renaissance Society of America, College Art Association, and the Art Historians’ Association


  • MA Print Culture and the Early Modern Arts
  • MA Baroque Classicism
  • BA3 Caravaggio and Caravaggism
  • BA3 The Art Print
  • BA2 Arts in Italy 1580-1680: Mass Culture, Innovation and Censorship

PhD Students


  • Elizabeth Nicholson, 'Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On: The Mythological Paintings of Giulio Carpione'.
  • Saskia Rubin, 'Intersections between literary production and the visual arts from the early years of the Académie française (c. 1630) to the death of Louis XIII (1643)'

Recently completed

  • Naomi Lebens, ‘Prints in Play: Printed Playing Cards, Board Games, Fans, Fire Screens, Targets, Masks and the Fashioning of Social Roles in Early Modern Europe’
  • Giulia Martina Weston, ‘Niccolò Tornioli: the Life and Times of a Sienese Painter in 17th-century. Rome’, 2015
  • Anita Sganzerla, ‘Invention and Erudition in the Art of Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, case studies 1645-55’, 2014
  • Edward Payne, ‘Violence and Corporeality in the Art ofJusepe Ribera’, 2013
  • Ketty Gottardo, ‘The Barberini and their Use of the Printed Image’, 2012
  • Maria Lopez-Fanjul Diez del Corral, ‘Collecting Italian Drawings in 17th –c. Spain: the Collection of the Marques del Carpio’, 2011
  • Michela Pittaluga, ‘Collecting and Social Status: Venetian Presence in Genoese Collections, 1523-1656’, 2011
  • Danielle Carrabino, ‘Ascondersi per la Sicilia: Caravaggio in Sicily’, 2010
  • Jane Hamilton, ‘Gian Paolo Panini: Antiquity, Illusion, and the Imagination’, 2003
  • Karen Serres, ‘Models and Motifs: Caravaggesque Iconography in Seicento Rome’, 2004

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Research Output

  • 41 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 4 Book
  • 1 Chapter

‘A New Plea for Poussin as a Painter’

McTighe, S., Mar 2015, In : Kermes: Rivista del Ristauro.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

‘Poussin and the Modes of Music’

McTighe, S., 2014, Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture . Shephard, T. & Leonard, A. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter