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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


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

Research Output 2013 2018

Good Vibrations. Mutual Love in Garofalo's Frescoes for Antonio Costabili

Wattel, A., 2018, In : Artibus et Historiae. 78, p. 39-58 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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