Richard Checketts


I am on research leave during semester 1, 2018-19.

I returned to the University of Leeds in 2011 as Lecturer in Renaissance Art and Culture, having previously held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on eighteenth-century art theory. For the two years between I was at the Victoria and Albert Museum, teaching on the Renaissance, within the portgraduate programme in History of Design run jointly with the Royal College of Art. My PhD, supervised by Professor Alex Potts and Professor Christine Stevenson, looked at the art theories of the third Earl of Shaftesbury and William Hogarth in relation to eighteenth-century writings on money and manufacture.

I am an Editorial Board member for the journal Art History.


  • Programme Director, MA Social History of Art
  • Assessment Lead

Research interests

My current research centres on ideas about materials in the sixteenth- and seventeenth centuries, with a focus on aspects of European culture in this period, though at certain key points attending to global encounters. Broadly this involves tracing the connections, resistances, and transformations registered between various practices of making (whether approached as architecture, artworks, design, or more mundane forms of labour) and ideas about materiality - both as these emerged directly in scientific/philosophical/technical thought of the period, and also in a more extensive and open series of discourses and practices, from religion to economics to law. Two forthcoming projects deal respectively with glass and polychrome marble.


- ‘The Imperfections of Glass’ [journal article in completion].

- The Altieri Chapel and the Transformations of Baroque Rome [monograph in progress].

- Review of Stone: A Legacy and Inspiration for Art, ed. Andrew Patrizio (London: Black Dog, 2011) Sculpture Journal, 23.3 (2014), pp. 413-414.

- ‘Shaftesbury’s Theory of Art: Substance and Virtue’ in Oxford Art Journal, 37:1 (2014), pp. 33–98.

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  • PhD
  • BA (Hons)

Student education

At undergraduate level I currently teach one module on the architecture of Francesco Borromini and the multifacted culture of Baroque Rome, and another looking at making and Renaissance ideas about materiality in more diverse contexts. For the MA Social History of Art I teach on the Renaissance, and for the Core Module, which frames the historigraphy of the History of Art in relation to various politcal questions.

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