Researcher biography

Andrea Bubenik is an expert in Renaissance and Baroque Art, and the continued reception of early modern visual culture. She is an Associate Professor in Art History in the School of Communication and Arts, and was the Director of the UQ Node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions between 2019-2022. Her research interests include early modern printmaking, links between art and science, court cultures and collecting, and histories of reception for both iconic and lesser known works of art.

Her books include The Persistence of Melancholia in Art and Culture (edited, 2019), Perspectives on the Art of Wenceslaus Hollar (co-edited with Anne Thackray, 2016), and Reframing Albrecht Dürer: The Appropriation of Art, 1528-1700 (2013), which was awarded the AAANZ best book prize (2014). Andrea's forthcoming monograph, Living Pictures: The Renaissance Artist-Scientist explores the afterlives of the animal, plant, and rock studies by Albrecht Dürer and Leonardo da Vinci, and is supported by a grant from AIAH/AAANZ.

Andrea's international profile includes visiting fellowships at the Warburg Institute in London, the Central Institute of Art History (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte) in Munich, the Institute of Art History (Ustav Dějin Umění) in Prague, and the Huntington Library in LA. Andrea is a strong advocate for collaboration with arts and culture institutions and the translation of academic research into more public platforms. She curated two major exhibitions at the UQ Art Museum: Ecstasy: Baroque and Beyond (2017), and Five Centuries of Melancholia (2014), both accompanied by exhibition catalogues. She also delivers an annual public art history course at QAGOMA (Queensland Gallery of Art), and has given public lectures at galleries in Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the UK.

As an experienced teacher and supervisor, with more than twenty successful supervisions at the Honours, MPhil and PhD levels, Andrea is especially proud of her students' successes. She supervises local, national, and international internship placements in art galleries and museums, and developed an undergraduate study abroad option for UQ students, 'Art and Architecture in Venice' which takes place on site in Venice, Italy. She welcomes expressions of interest from prospective HDR students.

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