Department of Western Art


The collections in the Department of Western Art cover 800 years and a wide range of materials. They include paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, silver, textiles and musical instruments.

Curatorial Responsibilities

The curatorial responsibilities of the members of the Department, with a selection of recent or pending publications specifically on the Museum collections, are as follows:

Catherine Whistler, Keeper
Head of Department and Curator for Italian, Spanish and French (before 1800) paintings, drawings and responsible for Russian art and the textile collection
Colin Harrison, Senior Curator
Curator for British paintings, drawings and prints; the Pissarro family and archive; miniatures; European art after 1900 and musical instruments.
An Van Camp, Christopher Brown Curator of Northern European Art
Curator of Northern European Art – Paintings, Prints and Drawings.
Matthew Winterbottom, Curator of Decorative arts and Sculpture
Curator primarily of Nineteenth-century decorative arts; ceramics, furniture, glass, silver and also of the Sculpture and Decorative Arts collection generally.
Lena Fritsch, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

To find out more about research carried out by the Ashmolean's curators and staff between 1999 and 2006 please download the Research Profile.

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