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:

Timothy Wilson, Keeper and Barrie & Deedee Wigmore Research Curator
Sculpture; ceramics; metalwork; jewellery; glass, furniture.
Catherine Whistler, Senior Curator
Italian and Spanish paintings, drawings and prints; French art before 1800; textiles.
Colin Harrison, Senior Curator of European Art
British paintings, drawings and prints; European art after 1800, including the Pissarro Family Archive; miniatures; musical instruments.
Matthew Winterbottom, Curator
Lte 19th-century British sculpture and decorative arts
An Van Camp, Curator
Dutch, Flemish and German paintings, drawings and prints
Jon Whiteley (retired end 2013), Honorary Curator
Working on exhibition and research projects.
Curatorial Post - Vacant

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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