Dominic Bate

graduate colloquium leader at the Center for the Study for the Early Modern World, History of Art and Architecture

Research Interests

Prints and Drawings
Early Modern Europe
reception history


Dominic Bate has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. His postgraduate studies focused on the history of the printed image in Western Europe before 1700 and culminated in his Master's thesis on the English reception of the French engraver Robert Nanteuil. Before coming to Brown, Bate worked in the British Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings where he cataloged Italian and German portrait prints as well as nineteenth-century British book-illustrations. Bate seeks to understand works of art on their own terms by placing the material object at the heart of his research. He is particularly interested in the different ways in which printed images were once used and interpreted. He is currently proctoring in the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the RISD Museum, where he is researching drawings made before c. 1870