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Department of History of Art

  • PhD Research Topic: The Heroic Body as Artifice in Habsburg Spain
  • Supervisor’s name: Alexander Marr
  • Advisor’s name: Professor Rosalind Polly Blakesley


Isabelle is a PhD candidate at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the art and intellectual culture of Habsburg Spain, with a particular focus on the heroic body. Her research has been supported by Trinity College, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC). She was awarded the 2023 Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal for her forthcoming article entitled ‘Becoming Actaeon: Titian and the Conceptual Gaze in Velázquez’s Las Hilanderas’.

She obtained her BA (2014-17) and MPhil (2020-21, with High Distinction) from Trinity College, Cambridge. Between 2017 and 2019 she worked as the inaugural Enriqueta Harris Frankfort Curatorial Fellow at the Wallace Collection.

Her research has been published in the Burlington Magazine, Hispanic Research Journal and Apollo Magazine, and she is the editor of Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland (Madrid: CEEH, 2020).


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Selected Publications:


Kent, I. (ed.), Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland, Madrid: Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, 2020.


Kent, I., ‘The curious case of General Meade (1775-1849): His collection in Madrid and its dispersal’ in Collecting Murillo in Britain and Ireland, pp. 132–57.


Kent, I. ‘Spanish Gallery at Bishop Auckland’, Burlington Magazine, 164 (March 2022), pp. 276–83.


Kent, I., ‘Janis A. Thomlinson, Goya. A Portrait of the Artist, 2020’, Apollo Magazine, (Feb. 2021), pp. 90–91.


Kent, I., ‘Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer: Parallel Visions, Museo Nacional del Prado; and Rembrandt-Velázquez: Dutch and Spanish Masters, Rijksmuseum’, The Burlington Magazine, 162 (Jan. 2020), pp. 61–64.

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