Getty Paper Project Research Fellow

Ian Hicks

Contact details: ian.hicks@ashmus.ox.ac.uk


My research focuses on the function, style, and physical history of sixteenth-century Italian drawings. As the Ashmolean-Getty Paper Project Research Fellow, I am working as part of a team to catalogue the Italian drawings (https://www.ashmolean.org/italian-drawings-project) in the museum’s collection. This 18-month research fellowship, part of the Getty Paper Project initiative, supports curatorial research training in drawings scholarship and connoisseurship. The research and writing carried out as part of this project will be made available online, and will ultimately serve as the basis for a printed catalogue. My doctoral thesis examined sixteenth-century Italian drawings for and after sculpture, weighing historical notions about sculptural drawings against the internal evidence of the surviving sheets. This study clarified the extant corpora of drawings by Renaissance sculptors, and shed new light on their preparatory processes. 


I received a Master’s degree in Art History from Queen’s University (2013), Kingston, under the supervision of Professor David McTavish, and a PhD in the History of Art and Film from the University of Leicester (2018), under the supervision of Professor David Ekserdjian. In 2018-2019, I worked as a cataloguer at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York, where I wrote, supplemented, and edited online catalogue entries of Italian Renaissance drawings, c. 1450-1600. The online publication of these entries coincided with the exhibition Invention and Design: Early Italian Drawings from the Morgan and an accompanying catalogue of major Italian Renaissance drawings form the Morgan’s collection. 


2019. http://www.themorgan.org/drawings, multiple catalogue entries of Italian Renaissance drawings, artists born before 1550. 
2019. Drawing from Michelangelo: Raffaello da Montelupo in the Medici Chapel, Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture Conference, Creating Sculpture: The Drawings and Models of Renaissance Sculptors, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 24-25 March 2017, forthcoming.
2015. [Review: Michael Cole (ed.), Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors’ Drawings from Renaissance Italy, exhibition held at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, 2014-15], in Apollo 181, pp. 88-89.