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Dr Aleksandra Koutny-Jones

Honorary University Fellow

I am an art historian with a particular interest in the art and architecture of Central Europe, especially Poland. Much of my work traces the artistic and cultural links between Western and Central Europe in the early-modern period, dealing with subjects such as macabre art, orientalising fashions and portraiture, and the development and impact of the printed image. In addition to my art historical research, I am a trained museologist; I have worked in curatorial and educational roles in the museum and gallery sector, and maintain a broad research interest in museological topics.

Research interests




‘Visual Cultures of Death in Central Europe: Contemplation and Commemoration in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania’, Leiden (Brill) 2016.


Refereed journal articles: History of Art

• ‘A Noble Death: The Seventeenth-Century Oleśnicki Funerary Chapel in Tarłów’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, LXXII, 2009, pp. 169-205.

• ‘Krieg und Gewalt in der barocken Memento-mori-Ikonographie Polens’, in U. Wunderlich ed., Jahrbuch der  Europäischen Totentanz-Vereinigung, VII, Düsseldorf 2006, pp. 95-106.

• ‘Dancing with Death in Poland’, Print Quarterly, XXII, no. 1, March 2005, pp. 14-31.


Book chapters: History of Art

• ‘Echoes of the East: Glimpses of the “Orient” in British and Polish-Lithuanian  Portraiture of the Eighteenth Century’, in R. Unger ed., Britain and Poland-Lithuania: Contact and Comparison from the Middle Ages to 1795, Leiden 2008 (Brill), pp. 401-419.


Journal articles: Museum Studies

• ‘A Macabre Mystery: The Wellcome Library’s Dance of Death’, Wellcome History, L , Summer 2012, pp. 14-16.

Also available online:

• ‘The Benefits of Collections-Based Learning’, Eton Collections Review, IV, 2010, pp.84-88.


Exhibition Catalogue Reviews in International Journals

• ‘The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein by Kate Heard and Lucy Whitaker’, Religion and the Arts, 2012, XVI, no. 1-2, pp. 146-147 (in relation to ‘The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein’ at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London).                              

• ‘Parmigianino’s Printmaking’, Print Quarterly, XXII, no. 2, June 2005, pp. 209-213 (in relation to ‘The Art of Parmigianino’ at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Frick Collection, New York).


Book Reviews in International Journals

• ‘The Religious Paintings of Eugène Delacroix by Joyce Carol Polistena’, Religion and the Arts, 2010, XIV, no. 5, pp. 663-664.

• ‘Art and Religion in Eighteenth-century Europe by Nigel Aston’, Religion and the Arts, 2010, XIV, no. 4, pp. 494-495.

•  ‘A Gothic Altarpiece from Gdańsk’, Print Quarterly, XXIV, no. 4, 2007, pp. 428-430.

'Baroques by Giovanni Careri', Religion and the Arts, XI, no. 1, 2007, pp. 120-121.

• ‘Painting in Late Medieval and Renaissance Siena (1260-1555) by Diana Norman’, Religion and the Arts, VIII, no. 4, 2004, pp. 517-518.

• ‘Masaccio: Saint Andrew and the Pisa Altarpiece by Eliot W. Rowlands’, Religion and the Arts, VIII, no. 4, 2004, pp. 519-521.

• ‘Paolo Veronese by Richard Cocke’, Religion and the Arts, VIII, no. 2, 2004, pp. 274-276.

• ‘Hungarian Emblematics’, Print Quarterly, XXI, no. 2, June 2004, pp. 162-163.


I hold a MA in History of Art from the University of Cambridge (1999-2002) as well as an MA in Museology from the University of East Anglia (2007-2008). My PhD (University of Cambridge, 2003-2007) examined the preoccupation with death in the Baroque art of the Kingdom of Poland. I have taught on art historical and museological topics at several universities and have worked in curatorial and educational roles in the museum and gallery sector.