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Dr Richard Mulholland

Department: Arts


  • History of Art PhD June 01 2010
  • Conservation MA September 01 2000
  • History of Art BA (Hons) June 01 1996

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Technical art history and artists' processes in twentieth century painting and works on paper
  • Non-destructive, in situ analysis of artists' materials
  • Cultural heritage conservation and collections care in World Conflict Zones
  • Tacit knowledge in visual arts practice

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Mechanism and Materials of Painting Colour ‘Ad Vivum’ in the Eighteenth Century, Mulholland, R. 27 Jun 2019, Ad vivum?: Visual Materials and the Vocabulary of Life-Likeness in Europe before 1800, Brill Academic Publishers
  • Identifying eighteenth century pigments at the Bodleian library using in situ Raman spectroscopy, XRF and hyperspectral imaging, Mulholland, R., Howell, D., Beeby, A., Domoney, K., Nicholson, K. Dec 2017, In: Heritage Science
  • Ferdinand Bauer’s Flora Graeca colour code, Mulholland, R. Sep 2015, Studying 18th-Century Paintings and Works of Art on Paper, London, Archetype Books
  • ‘And I know damned-well what he wanted!’ Deliberate Alteration and Interpretations of Intent in Several Late Sculptures by David Smith, Mulholland, R. 1 Feb 2014, The Real Thing?, London, Archetype Books
  • The History of Skills Sharing in the Conservation of Indian Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Mulholland, R. 1 May 2014
  • Technical Study and Tacit Knowledge, Mulholland, R. 1 Feb 2012


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