The Golovine is the official Blog for the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies at The University of Birmingham. The Blog takes its name from one of the most popular artworks in the collection of The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, where the Department is based: Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun’s c.1797 Portrait of Countess Golovine.
The Golovine was set up to give some insight into what it’s actually like to study Art History, Curating and Visual Studies here at The University of Birmingham. What do our students get up on a day-to-day basis? What modules are on offer? And what opportunities are there for students to get stuck in here at the Barber Institute, in Birmingham and elsewhere in the UK and abroad. It is also intended to showcase the successes of our alumni, and the research being conducted by the Department’s staff and postgraduate researchers.
The Blog is managed and edited by postgraduates in the department and Dr Elizabeth L’Estrange – that’s (some of) us in the heading photograph. We are:
Dr. Elizabeth L’Estrange – who is an expert in the art and culture of the late medieval and early modern period in Europe, with a special interest in illuminated manuscripts
Jamie Edwards – whose work focuses on 16th-century Netherlandish art, but in particular the art of Pieter Bruegel (c.1527 – 69)
Imogen Wiltshire – who is researching the relationships between modernism, emigration from Nazi Germany and the development of art therapy in the 1930s and ’40s.
Recent recruit (not in the photo):
Faith Trend – whose research focuses on ecclesiastical architecture in Venice during the counter-reformation 1580 – 1657