Catherine Whistler

British Academy Awards 2018

Professor Catherine Whistler discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.

An art historian and curator, Catherine Whistler is Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean Museum, Fellow of St John’s College, and a Professor of the History of European Art, University of Oxford. 

Born in Dublin, where she studied History of Art at UCD, she maintains strong links with Ireland and with Italy – especially Venice where she lived in the early 1980s.  She has researched and written about Italian art, and has curated exhibitions at the Ashmolean on a variety of topics from Brazilian Baroque art to Raphael.  She enjoyed working with artist Jenny Saville on exhibitions in 2015, especially in thinking about the expressive power of drawing. At St John’s College, Catherine has been involved with the artist-in-residence programme since it started in 2000.  She is delighted to have spent most of her career at Britain’s first public museum – the Ashmolean opened in 1683 – which is also a leading University museum with endlessly intriguing collections. 

1. John McCormack singing The Meeting of the Waters www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctIhzYKvVa0

2. Chioggia https://www.italyheaven.co.uk/veneto/chioggia.html

3. Diana Mantuano https://collections.ashmolean.org/collection/search/per_page/25/offset/0/sort_by/relevance/object/179647

4. Remembering Ahanagran: Storytelling in a Family’s Past by Richard White https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=2185

5. Painted foot https://collections.ashmolean.org/collection/search/per_page/25/offset/0/sort_by/relevance/object/126978

6. Aston’s Eyot https://friendsofastonseyot.org/

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