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Arvi Wattel


  • The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Crawley


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Arvi Wattel is a lecturer in the History of Art at UWA (School of Design). Before moving to Perth in 2012, 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 the relationship between courtly and civic-religious space in early sixteenth-century Ferrara, his research interests include the Dutch cultural exchange with Asia in the seventeenth century and the depiction of ritual performance and identity in the Dutch colonial city of Batavia (today’s Jakarta).

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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

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Research Output 2013 2017

  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Digital or Visual Products

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/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Seeing the Body of Christ

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

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle