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Dr. Peter Cherry


Research interests

I have a long-standing interest in the history of still-life and genre painting in Spain and Italy, and have been involved in a number of exhibitions in this area. My research interests generally focus on the visual art of seventeenth-century Spain and include the following: the production, market, and collecting of different types of visual art; originals and copies; the relationships between “masters” and “followers”; the techniques of art; art and patronage in Seville; the relationship between art and plague; and the portraiture of Velázquez and his circle, on which I am currently writing a book.  

Selected publications

  • “Objects and objectives in the courtly still-life paintings of Juan van der Hamen”, in La Monarquía de Felipe IV, ed. J. Martínez Millán, Instituto Universitario "La Corte en Europa", Madrid (January 2017).
  • “Remaking the Past in the Image of the Present: The Role of Visual Art in Leocadia’s Return” in Peter Cherry and Arantza Mayo, “The Fabric of Saintly Proof: Leocadia of Toledo from Orrente to Calderón”, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, vol. 93, nos. 7-8, 2016.
  • “Velázquez as miniaturist”, El Joven Velázquez, ed. Benito Navarrete Prieto, Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla, Seville, 2015, pp. 330-342.
  • “¿Retratos a lo divino? Reflexiones sobre las santas de Zurbarán” in Santas de Zurbarán. Devoción y Persuasión, exhibition catalogue, ed. Benito Navarrete Prieto, Espacio de Santa Clara, Seville, 2013, pp. 37-52.
  • “Justino de Neve: Life and Works” and “Documentary appendix” in Murillo and Justino de Neve. The Art of Friendship, exhibition catalogue, ed. Gabriele Finaldi, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid and Fundación Focus, Sevilla, 2012; Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 2012, pp. 31-45, 143-67.
  • In the Presence of Things. Four Centuries of European Still-Life Painting, with John Loughman and Lesley Stevenson, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2010.


I teach undergraduate modules dedicated to the painting and sculpture of the Italian Renaissance, and the visual art of seventeenth-century Europe, as well as a seminar for final-year students on art and religion in the Hispanic world.

Dr. Cherry on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of the History of Art and Architecture,,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: 00 353 1 8961212
Fax: 00 353 1 8961438