Personal profile


Jack Hartnell is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History & World Art Studies. He is an art historian and curator, with particular specialisms in the cross-continental visual culture of premodern science and its display, broadly defined to include cutting-edge research and curatorial work on the artistic materials of medicine, cartography, and mathematics, most recently with a strong emphasis on premodern Jewish art and culture.

In 2019-20 he was the Dibner Long-Term Fellow in the History of Science and Technology at the Huntington Library in California, and before starting at UEA he held positions as Visiting Curator at Two Temple Place, Mellon Fellow at Columbia University, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art, and the Inaugural Fellow between the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte in Berlin. 

Jack's most recent book, Medieval Bodies: Life, Death, and Art in the Middle Ages, was published in 2018 by the Wellcome Collection, London. It was a Sunday Times History Book of the Year and has been translated into 8 international editions.

At faculty level, Jack is the Unit of Assessment Coordinator responsible for the university's Art & Design submission to REF27, as well as being a Senior Adviser for the School of Art, Media, and American Studies, guiding student pastoral care.