John G Bernasconi

Director of Fine Art/ Director of the University Art Collection/ Member of Senate/ Member of the Ferens Fine Art Committee and the Faculty Board

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

01482 465035

John Bernasconi, the University's Director of Fine Art, lectures in art history. He is a specialist in Italian Renaissance art and has written on it in both English and Italian publications.

As Director of Fine Art, John has responsibility for the University Art Collection and organises an annual programme of exhibitions and public lectures

He was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and educated at Ampleforth. He read history at Bristol University and trained as an art historian at the Courtauld Institute, London University.


Research Interests

  • Venetian Renaissance Art

  • Art in Britain 1890-1940


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Classical Civilisations

  • Art and the City: Rome, Amsterdam, London, Paris, New York (co-ordinator)

  • Art and Life in Renaissance Venice

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA History, University of Bristol (1970)

  • MA (distinction), History of Art, Courtauld Institute, London University (1972)

External roles

  • President, Hull Art Circle, from 2003

  • Trustee, Friends of Ferens Art Gallery, Hull since 1978

Awards and accolades

  • Fellowship, Delmas Foundation, USA (1980)

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (elected 1988)

  • Member, Athenaeum (elected 1995)

Professional highlights

  • Head of the Department of History, 1993-2003

  • Secretary of HUDG (History at the Universities Defence Group), 1994-2003

  • Chairman, Professional Consultative Committee, Yorkshire Museums Council, 1996-2002