Mr John Gash

Mr John Gash

Senior Lecturer

Mr John Gash
Mr John Gash

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The University of Aberdeen Room CB406, 50-52 College Bounds. Department of History of Art, School of Divinity, History & Philosophy, Aberdeen AB24 3DS


John Gash is Senior Lecturer in History of Art and one-time Head of the Department of History of Art. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Oxford, and an M.A. in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London. He is a specialist in Baroque art with a particular interest in the paintings of Caravaggio and his followers. He has written two books on Caravaggio and many articles and book chapters on Caravaggio and his followers, most recently being involved in a sequence of lectures and conferences on these artists in the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, and the Musée du Louvre.


Research Interests

Core Member of Centre for Early Modern Studies

John Gash is a specialist in Baroque art. He has written widely on aspects of seventeenth and eighteenth- century painting and sculpture in Italy, Malta, France, the Netherlands and Britain. Having published two books and many articles and book chapters on Caravaggio and his Followers, he is currently engaged on a book on Carvaggio's followers, entitled Caravaggesque Problems. A regular contributor of articles and exhibition and book reviews to such scholarly journals as The Burlington Magazine, his latest contribution to the latter is the forthcoming, jointly-authored article on a painting in the collection of Aberdeen University by the eighteenth-century Venetian view-painter, Antonio Canaletto. Gash's involvement in the study of Caravaggism has also led recently to his  participation in a sequence of lectures and conferences at the National Gallery, London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan, and the Musée du Louvre. In recent years he has also sought to disseminate information and ideas about these artists through television and radio talks and appearances, on the likes of BBC 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, RTE, Ireland, and ATM and Net TV, Malta, as well as being lead contributor to a film about one of his most influential Caravaggesque discoveries, the Christ displaying his Wounds in the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland.

Current Research

I am working on a series of articles, book chapters, and book and exhibition reviews on Caravaggio and his followers, with a view to eventually producing a book entitled Caravaggesque Problems, dealing primarily with complex issues of attribution and authorial identity. The next in the sequence will be an article on the early-seventeenth-century Liégeois, Gérard Douffet.


The forthcoming article entitled "Canaletto and his Father in Aberdeen University" for The Burlington Magazine is co-authored with Canaletto specialist, Charles Beddington.


Teaching Responsibilities

HA 1004, HA 5029, ME 33HT Introduction to Art History

HA 1508 Modern Art

HA2009 Cathedrals to Caravaggio
HA 2509 Making Masterpieces. Six Works in Context [CONVENOR]

HA3079 Critical Perspectives in History of Art
HA 3080,HA4080 Caravaggio and his Followers [CONVENOR]
HA 3098, HA4098 Seventeenth-Century Netherlandish Art [CONVENOR]
HA 4302 The Carracci and their School [CONVENOR]

HA4588 History of Art Dissertation [CONVENOR]

HA5033 Connoisseurship [CONVENOR]

HC 3031 and HC 3801 Icons 1 & 2

HA3088 and HA408A Fieldwork i & 2



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Contributions to Journals


  • Gash, JM. (in press). 'A Renaissance "Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John the Baptist" in Kirkcaldy'. Colnaghi Studies Journal, pp. 9-17.
  • Gash, JM. & Beddington, C. (2017). 'Paintings by Canaletto and His Father in Aberdeen University'. The Burlington Magazine, vol. 159, no. 1377, pp. 976-981.
  • Gash, JM. (2016). 'Bartolomeo Manfredi's 'St. John the Baptist' and its Mezzotint'. Print Quarterly, vol. XXXIII, no. 1, pp. 11-18.
  • Gash, JM. (2015). 'Counter-Reformation Countenances: Catholic Art and attitude from Caravaggio to Rubens'. Studies: An Irish Quarterly Review, vol. 104, no. 416, pp. 373-387.
  • Gash, JM. (2015). 'Spadarino's "Doubting Thomas" rediscovered'. The Burlington Magazine, vol. CLVII, no. 1351, pp. 678-681.
    [Online] AURA: Spadarino_27s_Doubting_Thomas_Rediscovered.docx
  • Gash, JM. (2012). 'Antiquaries and art historians'. Newsletter, Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 10-11.
  • Gash, J. (2010). 'From Cleland to Byron: the unexpurgated British version of Italian art'. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 181-194.
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  • Gash, J. (2010). 'Anglo-Italian cultural relations before and during the long Eightenth Century'. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, pp. 141-144.
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  • Gash, J. (2009). 'A Caravaggesque 'Christ' in Scotland'. The Burlington Magazine, vol. 151, no. 1279, pp. 682-690.
  • Gash, J. (2006). 'Caravaggio and Europe'. The Burlington Magazine, vol. 148, pp. 56-57.
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