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Maialen Maugars

Visual Arts, University of Warwick

Thesis title:

New Collecting Narratives: Birmingham Museums Italian Renaissance and Baroque Decorative Arts Collections

My collaborative doctoral study is with the University of Warwick and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG). I will focus on the Renaissance and Baroque decorative art collection, which was acquired by the BMAG in the late nineteenth century. The aim of my research will be to unearth information concerning the collection’s provenance, to study the selection rationale behind the acquisition of this collection and to understand the role played by the collection in public education and artistic training when it was first exhibited.

Research topics: Renaissance and Baroque decorative art; Museum formation; Collecting History; Provenance research.

Research Area

  • Visual Arts


'Animal Masks and Costumes in Late Medieval Court Culture', Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference, June 2018

Other Research Interests

  • Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
  • Renaissance painting
  • Exchanges between Europe and the East in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries
  • Impressionism and Modern art
  • European Fin-de-Siecle (especially Expositions Universelles)

Academic profile

  • 2020-2024 - University of Warwick 

PhD in History of Art (Collaborative Doctoral Award)

Current thesis title: New Collecting Narratives: Birmingham Museums’ Italian Renaissance and Baroque Decorative Arts Collections

  • 2017-2018 - Warburg Institute, University of London 
MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture

Dissertation: ‘Vases of the Annunciation: A material culture approach'

  • 2013-2016 - UCL (University College London)

BA (Hons) in History

Dissertation: ‘The role of Mummers and Mummings in Late Medieval Court Culture

Funding and Awards

2020-2024: AHRC Midlands4Cities Collaborative Doctoral Award

Work experience

After completing my Master's degree from the Warburg Institute, I worked as an Object Intelligence Researcher in the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Christie's auction house.

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I volunteered in several museums, including Sir John Soane's Museum.