Matthew Rampley

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PhD projects

Matthew Rampley’s main interests are art criticism and the historiography of art, with a particular emphasis on Austrian, German and Central European intellectual traditions since the mid nineteenth century. He is currently focusing on heritage and visual culture in Austria-Hungary from the mid nineteenth century to its demise in 1918, with particular reference to the role of museums, galleries, monument protection offices, art academies and universities in shaping and communicating ideas of national artistic heritage. He is completing a book on the rise of art history as a discipline in Vienna at the end of the nineteenth century (the so-called ‘Vienna School of Art History’), examining the links between research into art and wider political debates over the social and cultural identity of Austria-Hungary.

Professor Rampley welcomes enquiries from potential doctoral researchers wishing to research any subject that overlaps with his interests.