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Sheila McTighe

Senior Lecturer

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

1993 …2020

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Dr. Sheila McTighe has now left the Courtauld Institute to become an independent art historian, publishing studeis of early modern arts, and lecturing in the context of widening participation and public programmes. She took her PhD at Yale University with a thesis on Nicolas Poussin and libertinage, which became the subject of her first book. She taught subsequently at Cornell and Columbia Universities before arriving at The Courtauld in 1998. Her interests then took her toward the study of 17th century naturalism and the depiction of everyday life. This in turn led to fascination with 17th-century Italian and French prints and with print culture more broadly. Her current research is on the correspondence of Nicolas Poussin, woriing toward the first English translation of all of the artist's letters. A long term project is the study of Jacques Callot's prints. She enjoys being able to teach in front of works of art in London’s museum collections, and travelling with students to study paintings and prints in Paris and Rome.

Research interests

  • The art and letters of Nicolas Poussin
  • Word and image studies; the ut pictura poesis tradition
  • Print culture and the early modern arts
  • Caravaggio and Caravaggism
  • Jacques Callot and etching in the 17th century
  • Reception theory and reception history
  • Artistic practice and the techniques of painting and printmaking
  • Early modern collecting and the arts of memory


  • Mellon post-doctoral fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, 1989-90
  • Guggenheim Fellowship 1997-98
  • Leverhulme 3-year Major Research Fellowship, 2005-2008
  • AHRC Collaborative PhD award with the British Museum Dept. of Prints and Drawings, 2012-2015, to co-supervise with Dr. Mark McDonald the PhD research of Naomi Lebens


  • MA Print Culture and the Early Modern Arts
  • MA Baroque Classicism
  • BA3 Caravaggio and Caravaggism
  • BA3 The Art Print
  • BA2 Arts in Italy 1580-1680: Mass Culture, Innovation and Censorship

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