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    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Arvi Wattel is a lecturer in the History of Art at UWA (School of Design). Before moving to Perth, he held fellowships at the Fondazione Ermitage in Ferrara, the Kunsthistorisches Institut (Max Planck Gesellschaft) in Florence, the Dutch Institute for Art History in Florence and the Royal Netherlandish Institute in Rome, and lectured at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the University of Maastricht and for Oberlin College in Arezzo.
He has published on love and sympathy in Renaissance Ferrara, and on gendered space in the Renaissance convent. Besides his research into marginality and the relationship between court and city in Renaissance Ferrara, his research interests include the Dutch cultural exchange with Asia and occurences of cultural misunderstanding in the seventeenth and eighteenth century and the depiction of ritual performance and identity in the Dutch colonial city of Batavia (today’s Jakarta).

For more information, see: https://uwa.academia.edu/ArviWattel

Arvi is one of the convenors of the research cluster 'Entangled Histories of Emotions in the Mediterranean World' and a collaborating member of the research cluster 'Cultural Encounters, Empires and Emotions'.

Teaching overview

HART1000: Great Moments in Art
HART2207: Caravaggio and the Baroque
HART2275: Italian Renaissance Art Now
HART2283: Rome (Summer/Study Abroad)
HART3282: Rome (Summer/Study Abroad)
HART3302: Michelangelo
HART3361: The Dutch Golden Age and the Art of Exploration
HART4406: The History of Art History


  • Art History
  • Dutch History
  • Indonesian History
  • Rome
  • Italian Renaissance history and literature
  • Global history
  • Batavia Shipwreck

Research Output 2013 2017

On the Surface. Art and Idolatry in the Dutch Church Interior

Wattel, A., 2017, Invisible Genres: Two Essays on Iconoclasm. Mateer, J. (ed.). Australia: John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Bentley WA, p. 62-97

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Picturing the unimaginable: a new look at the wreck of the Batavia

Wattel, A., 12 Oct 2017, 1 p.The Conversation

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access

Seeing the Body of Christ

Wattel, A., 2013, In : Rivista D'Arte. 3, p. 77-108

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle