1 December 2021. We are delighted to launch a video reflection of our collaboration with Christchurch on Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-Century Gentleman’s Library, on the Ure Museum’s YouTube account, at, simultaneously with the publication of Under the Greek sky: New approaches to Winckelmann’s reception and historiography, a special section of vol. 25 of the Journal of Art Historiography, an online open-access academic journal. This special section, edited by Prof. Amy C. Smith (Reading) and Fiona Gatty (Oxford), includes select articles emerging from the workshops that comprised part of the Winckelmann Jubilees in 2017-18.


20 November 2019. Professor Amy C. Smith (University of Reading) will deliver a talk on ‘Drawing and Winckelmann’s taste for elegant simplicity‘ on 20th November 2018 at 5:15pm in the Upper Library at Christ Church. All are welcome. The event is free of charge, but spaces are limited. To book a place, please contact Dr Cristina Neagu, the Keeper of Special Collections at Christ Church at This talk celebrates the launch of the online exhibition, Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-century Gentleman’s Library

11 October 2018. We are delighted to report that Christ Church Library has agreed to extend the duration of our exhibit until 30 November 2019.

1 August 2018. Our book, Winckelmann and Curiosity in the 18th-Century Gentleman’s Library (Christ Church 2018), with handlist of the exhibition, is available for purchase (only £10) at the Ure Museum’s online store. Please contact Jayne Holly at if you are interested in purchasing it. We are delighted to find a nice review of it on Criticks Review: Fine Art (British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies).

Domenico Rossetti, Sketch of Tomb of Winckelmann in Trieste

8 June 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Joachim Winckelmann. You can read more about Winckelmann’s death in chapter 1.3 of Connell Greene’s online exhibition, Longing for what we have lost.

On this anniversary of Winckelmann’s untimely death we are pleased to launch our research webpages devoted to this pivotal antiquarian and scholar:

— Katherine Harloe, Claudina Romero Mayorga, Amy C. Smith