Dr Felicity Harley-McGowan is an academic within the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. Her research focusses on: Early Christian iconography, Italian Medieval art, roman art (art, Italy, christianity), Early Byzantine Art and Culture, Patristics (early Christian thought), Italian Medieval and Renaissance Art, Suicide in Greco-Roman and Medieval Art, Historiography of art history concerning Late Antiquity, The Classical Tradition in Medieval and Renaissance art, The Evolution and Development of early Christian iconography, The historiography of early Christian art, Iconography of the Crucifixion in Christian art ca. 3rd-8th centuries, Origins and development of church decoration in Rome ca 4th-6th centuries.

Art History at the University of Melbourne aims to create knowledge and develop expertise in the history of the visual arts from the medieval to the contemporary. In an increasingly image-based culture, including a rapidly expanding museum and gallery industry, techniques in visual literacy are essential for a variety of professions as well as for daily life. We are passionately committed therefore to the provision of valuable learning opportunities and research supervision to a range of students (undergraduates, graduate and professionals), in different areas of art’s history as well as in curatorship.

Our academic staff includes scholars and museum professionals with expertise in various fields; and we offer a variety of thematic and interdisciplinary subjects, including:
*Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque art
*Eighteenth and nineteenth-century European art
*Modernism and Postmodernism
*Australian Aboriginal art
*Colonial, Modernist and Postcolonial Australian art
*Contemporary Australian and international art
*History and theory of art conservation
*Museum and exhibition studies

Several courses taught on-site in New York, Florence and Central Australia provide intensive learning experiences and rare access to important collections. Additionally, strong relationships with leading cultural institutions locally, nationally, and internationally, enable us to offer unique research opportunities to students interested in continuing at postgraduate level.

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