Martin Myrone holds a doctorate in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art and joined Tate in 1998. He has worked on a range of exhibition and display projects at Tate Britain, including Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake and the Romantic Imagination (2006), William Blake’s 1809 Exhibition (2009) John Martin: Apocalypse (2011–12) and British Folk Art (2014). He was founding co-convenor of the Tate Research Centre: British Romantic Art (2010–13) and has led and contributed to a number of funded research projects. As Lead Curator, British Art to 1800, he works with the team of Curators and Assistant Curators responsible for the development of and research into Tate’s holdings of artworks from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century.
Martin Myrone’s research has centred on British art of the ‘long’ eighteenth century (c.1650–1850). He has a special interest in the work of Henry Fuseli, William Blake and history painting c.1750–1830, with a particular focus on questions of gender and identity and on the emerging exhibition cultures and art worlds of the period. He has also published on the historiography of ‘folk art’ in Britain and in 2010 ran an AHRC Research Network on ‘Folk Art and the Art Museum’. From 2009 to 2012 he was a co-investigator in an project with the University of York, Court, Country, City: British Art 1660–1735, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In 2010 he led a research network called Folk Art and the Art Museum, also funded by the AHRC.
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