The Courtauld Institute of Art is delighted to announce that Professor John Lowden, Professor of History of Art, has been elected Fellow of the British Academy.

The British Academy has named 42 new Fellows from eighteen UK universities, each a highly distinguished academic, recognised for their outstanding research and work across the humanities and social sciences.  The new Fellows span the full range of the Academy’s subject areas from history to psychology, economics to law, literature to philosophy and languages to archaeology.


After studying English as an undergraduate at Cambridge, John Lowden gained his MA (1977) and PhD (1980) at The Courtauld Institute of Art.  He joined the academic staff of The Courtauld in 1982, and was promoted Reader in 1995 and Professor in 2002.  He has an impressive record of exceptional teaching including nineteen completed PhDs.  He is active nationally and internationally as a member of scientific committees, advisory boards and as a supervisor of research.  He has authored ninety academic publications including The Making of the Bibles Moralisées, which was awarded the 2002 Gruendler Prize for the best book in medieval studies, and Early Christian and Byzantine Art (reprinted five times) which has been translated into French, Greek, Japanese and Korean.  He has held visiting professorships in the Catholic University of Leuven, Paris, (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes section des sciences réligieuses), Waseda University, Tokyo, and the University of Utrecht.


Professor Lowden was a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow in 1992-93, and gave the Grinfield Lectures in the University of Oxford (1996-98).  He was co-investigator with Dr Scot McKendrick of the British Library on the AHRC-funded ‘ROYAL’ project (2008-2011) – a project which culminated in the highly successful exhibition Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination at the British Library (November 2011-March 2012).  He set up and has directed the Gothic Ivories Project and his catalogue of the ivories in The Courtauld collection will be published in October 2013.  He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, and Perspective: La revue de l’INHA.  He was elected member of the Academia Europaea in 2006, corresponding fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and Hon Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2011.


Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld Institute of Art, said: “We are delighted that Professor Lowden has been made a Fellow of the British Academy.  To be so elected is a matter of real distinction, and we are thrilled that John’s immense achievements have been recognised in this way.


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