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Department of History of Art

Supervisor: professor Caroline van Eck
College: King's
PhD topic: The Display of Sculpture in the Vatican Museums, 1800-1822


Koenraad Vos is an PhD candidate in History of Art at the University of Cambridge. His project is on the display of sculpture in two new wings of the Vatican Museums organised under the supervision of the sculptor Antonia Canova during the period 1800-1822, the Museo Chiaramonti and the Braccio Nuovo, focussing on the relation between the objects on display and the visitors.

Before studying for the MPhil at Cambridge he graduated cum laude from Leiden University with a research MA in Arts & Culture and completed his BA in history of art at Utrecht University, where he also did a minor in aesthetics and took part in the university's Humanities College, the honours programme of the humanities faculty. He was editor-in-chief of the Utrecht-based, student-run journal Article for several years. He also did a research project on the artist and curator Wybrand Hendriks (1744-1831) at Teylers Museum in Haarlem and worked as a (research) intern at the Treaty of Utrecht Foundation and the Impakt Festival.

Funded through the Cambridge AHRC DTP and a Cambridge Trust Vice-Chancellor’s and King’s College Scholarship.


  • The display of sculpture in European museums c. 1800
  • The historiography of sculpture in Europe c. 1800
  • Art and science, especially the use of images in early modern science
  • The philosophy of Edgar Wind and the wider circle surrounding Aby Warburg and his Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek
  • Theoretical and methodological issues concerning agency and materiality


Key publications: 
  • "What happens when you turn twice? Where the pictorial turn meets the material turn", The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 11, Issue 3, September, 2016, pp. 19-29
 Koenraad  Vos