PROF Jaynie Anderson

PROF Jaynie Anderson


  • 19th century museology and museums
  • History of Restoration (Cleaning Controversies, The Rise of the Professional Restorer in the Nineteenth Century)
  • Italian Art History (1300 - 2018) (Collecting, conservation, Giorgione, Titian, Bellini)
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Australian Art History and Collecting (Sidney Nolan, National Gallery of Victoria, Heidelberg School)
  • The history of connoisseurship in western and eastern art (Giovanni Morelli, Bernard Berenson)



  • JAYNIE ANDERSON received an Italian Knighthood in 2015 from the President of the Republic of Italy for her outstanding contribution to the study of Venetian Renaissance Art, becoming an Ufficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia. From 1997 until 2014 Professor Anderson was Herald Chair of Fine Arts, and from 2008 until 2015 was the Foundation Director of the Australian Institute. In 1997 she was appointed a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA). She was president of the International Committee of Art History (2008-2012), the Comité Internationale de l’Histoire de l’Art (CIHA). She was educated at the University of Melbourne and Bryn Mawr College, Philadelpia, and was the first woman Rhodes Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has curated exhibitions at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, the Castello Sforzesco, Milan, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. She has been a visiting professorial fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Centre for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, and the Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies, the Villa I Tatti. Her books include: Giorgione: The Painter of Poetic Brevity (1997); Collecting, Connoisseurship and the Art Market in Risorgimento Italy: Giovanni Morelli’s Letters to Giovanni Melli and Pietro Zavaritt, 1866 - 1872 (1999); Tiepolo's Cleopatra (2003); Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence. The Proceedings of the 32nd International Congress in the History of Art (2009); The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art (2011); Giuseppe Molteni in Correspondence with Giovanni Morelli - The Restoration of Renaissance Painting in mid nineteenth-century Milan (2014). Anderson received a MAPDA award for  'Unconstrained Passions. The House of the Architect as a Museum in the Italian Past and the Australian Present', published in 2016. Her most recent books include:    


Member of

  • Journal of Art Historiography. Board Member 2010 -
  • Board of Malraux Studies. Board Member 2008 -
  • Fellow of Queens College, The University of Melbourne. Fellow of Queens College 2003 -
  • International Committee of the History of Art, CIHA. Vice President 2012 - 2016
  • Director on the Board of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne. Board Member 1997 - 2014
  • Executive committee of CIPSH, UNESCO, International Council for Philosophy and the Human Sciences. Executive committee 2009 - 2012
  • International Committee of the History of Art, CIHA. President 2008 - 2012
  • Board of Australian Book Review. Board member 2003 - 2012
  • Board of Art Exhibitions Australia. Board Member 1998 - 2007
  • Advisory Board of Renaissance Studies. Journal of the Society for Renaissance Studies, Oxford University Press. Advisory boad member 1992 - 2001


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2017-2019 ARC Discovery Grant, 'A Baroque Bishop in Colonial Australia'. 

    2014 ARC LEIF 120100056: Design and Art Australia Online: Sustainable data sharing for Australian researchers and collections

    2012 ARC LEIF 120100056: Design and Art Australia Online: Sustainable data sharing for Australian researchers and collections

    2011 Helen MacPherson Smith grant of $150,000 for the AIAH

    2009/10 - SIAF Grant from the University of Melbourne to develop the Australian Institute of Art History, $150,000

    2009 Gordon Darling Foundation: $15,000 publication grant for the Cambridge Companion to Australian Art

    2009 Faculty of Arts, publication grant for the Cambridge Companion to Australian Art, $4000

    2008 Paul Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow at the National Gallery at Washington, 1 May to 30 June 2008, for the project: Renaissance Art and Risorgimento Politics: Towards a Biography of Giovanni Morelli (1816-1891)

    2008- 2009, Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Visiting Professor, Harvard Cetnre for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Visiting Professor.

    2003-2005 ARC Discovery, DP0345326 Beyond the Madonna Painter: reasssessing the life, works, and reception of Giovanni Bellini, 2003-2005, $282,967

    2003 Paris: Inaugural Visiting Professor at INHA, Institut National de l’Histoire de l’Art

    2003 Visiting Professor at the Villa I Tatti, Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies

    2002 Specific Project Grant: A Virtiual Print Room Ii: A Condition Report For The Conservation of Old Master Prints, $15,000

    2001 Centenary Medal for service to Australian society and the humanities in the fine arts

    2001 Florence Visiting professor at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard Centre for Renaissance Studies

    2000 ARC GRANT A10020522 Australia’s Patrimony exemplified by the History of the multicult   


Education and training

  • PhD, Bryn Mawr College 1972
  • MA, University of Oxford 1970
  • BA, University of Melbourne 1965

Awards and honors

  • MAPDA Highly commended for book 'Unconstrained Passions', 2018
  • AAANZ Prize for the best Anthology in Art History, 2017, for the Legacies of Bernard Smith, 2017
  • Italian Knighthood. Uficiale dell'Ordine della Stella d'Italia, 2015
  • The Humanities Council for the World, Executive of the International Council for the Humanities, CIPSH (Conseil Interntaional pour les Sciences Humaines), UNESCO, 2011
  • The highest honour in the History of Art, President of the International Committee of the History of Art Comit� Histoire de l�Art (CIHA), 2008
  • Federation Medal, 2003
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1999



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