Dr Valerie Mainz


I have made a particular study of the art and culture of the French Revolution. I have curated two major exhibitions, LImage du Travail et la Rvolution franaise at the Museum of the French Revolution, Vizille, France in 1999 and, with Dr Richard Williams, Paper, Stone, Flesh and Blood: Transforming Views of Sculpture in French Revolutionary Prints, at the Henry Moore Institute Leeds in 2006. My research interests also focus in on the interfaces between history and history painting, the guises of prints and caricatures, academic art theory, the representation of the Jew in the Early Modern period and issues of reception and dissemination. I am currently co-editing with Professor Laura Malosetti (University of San Martin, Buenos Aires) and with Professor Griselda Pollock (Leeds) a collection of articles on art, science and portraiture for I B Tauris; and with Dr Emma Stafford (Leeds) a collection of articles for a volume entitled 'The Exemplary Hercules' (Brill). I am also developing the potential of the Pencheon Collection of French Revolutionary material located in Special Collections, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds. My teaching is mainly about the art, culture and heritage of the French Revolution. I teach Assessing the French Revolution at both undergraduate and MA levels. I have also devised and teach the BA module Art, Power and Portraiture, covering the grand manner portrait tradition of Western Europe c. 1550-1800. I have contributed to level 1 survey courses and supervised third year and MA dissertations.


  • Committee 18th Century Studies Seminar

Research interests

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  • Ph.D in the History of Art, University College, University of London, 1992
  • B.A. Hons. Birkbeck College, University of London, 1987

Student education

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