Professor Marcia Pointon visited the ANU School of Art to work with HDR students in March 2013 and was one of the six distinguished scholars to present at the Portrayal and Identity, a collaborative Symposium between the ANU School of Art and the National Portrait Gallery.
Marcia Pointon is Senior Research Professor at Norwich University of the Arts; Professor Emeritus of History of Art at the University of Manchester UK; and Research Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She lives in central London and in Northern Tuscany and works as a writer and research consultant. Having studied both English and History of Art, her professional interests range widely across many aspects of visual culture, imagery and representation in Western media from around 1700 to the present day. She has written on Portraiture, Landscape, Book Illustration, the Body in Representation, Gender and Imagery and on the interrelations between the applied arts of jewellery and other forms of historical visual evidence. Marcia Pointon's 2009 book about jewels in art and literature explores both the materiality of gems and jewellery and the economics and politics of a culture of surface display that functioned across national boundaries and encompassed simultaneously both ancient traditional bodies of knowledge and new scientific approaches to the world (see Brilliant Effects below). Her new book entitled Portrayal and the Search for Identity looks at different ways of approaching portraiture, including in relation to the material culture of dress (click on link below). She is currently working on death masks, revising her History of Art: A Students' Handbook for a fifth edition and working on a book titled Diamond to be published in Reaktion Books' series 'Earth'. Marcia is a member of the Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum's International Advisory Board.
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