Andrew Morrall

Director of Doctoral Studies
Early Modern Northern European Fine and Applied Arts
The Reformation and the Arts; The History and Theory of Ornament
The Early History of Collecting

Ph.D. Courtauld Institute of Art, London University
M.A. Courtauld Institute of Art, London University
B.A. Hons. University of Oxford

My area of research is the art and material culture of early modern Northern Europe. I have published on Renaissance aesthetics, the history of collecting, intersections of art and science, theories of ornament, aspects of the early modern domestic interior, and on the Reformation and the arts, including a book, Jörg Breu the Elder: Art, Culture and Belief in Reformation Augsburg. My current research focuses on works of art and craft made for the Kunstkammer of sixteenth-century northern Europe, and in particular on the educational background and knowledge base of the craftsmen who made them—quintessentially urban, educated, inventive, intellectually curious, fired by the values of humanismwhose interests intersected with those of their courtly patrons and whose creations gave material shape to the philosophical speculations and “scientific” enquiries about the world that arose within the Kunstkammer’s milieu. 

Selected Recent Publications:

  • “Representations of Adam and Eve in Late Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Embroidery,” in Celeste Brusati, Karl A.E. Enenkel, Walter Melion eds., The Authority of the Word. Reflecting on Image and Text in Northern Europe, 1400-1800 (Brill, 2011). 
  • “Dürer and Venice”, in: The Essential Dürer, edited by Larry Silver and Jeffrey Chipps Smith, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010 (paperback edition, 2011).
  • “Ornament as Evidence” in Karen Harvey ed., History and Material Culture, London and New York: Routledge, 2009.
  • English Embroidery from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1580-1700: `Twixt Art and Nature’ (with Melinda Watt), New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008. 
  • “The Reformation of the Virtues in Protestant Art and Decoration in Sixteenth-Century Northern Europe”, in Art Reformed? Reassessing the Impact of the Reformation on the visual arts, edited by Tara Hamling and Richard Williams, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 
  • “Entrepreneurial Craftsmen. Some Strategies of Production and Sale of Works of Art and Science in late 16th Century Augsburg” in Mapping Markets for Paintings in Europe, 1450-1750, edited by Neil De Marchi and Hans J. Van Miegroet, Brepols, 2006. 


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Andrew Morrall's courses include:

541 Northern European Interiors, 1550–1680
621 The Renaissance Discovery of the World: Collecting and Collections in the Early Modern Era
624 Classicism in the North, 1500–1620
741 Renaissance Mythologies
846 Objects of Knowledge: Renaissance Ornament and Society in Northern Europe, 1500-1650
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