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Leah R. Clark's OpenLearn Profile

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Leah R. Clark

About me

Dr Clark's research explores the roles objects play in creating networks in the fifteenth century through their exchange, collection, and replication.  Her book Collecting Art in the Italian Renaissance Court: Objects and Exchanges was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Her next book project explores objects and materials in cross-cultural exchanges through three key themes—touch, transfer, and translation. She was co-editor (with Nancy Um) of a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History, specifically focusing on the material and visual elements of the diplomatic encounter: 'The Art of Embassy: Objects and Images of Early Modern Diplomacy' (2016) and she has also recently co-edited a textbook, European Art and the Wider World, 1350-1550 (Manchester University Press, 2017) as part of the module A344, Art and its global histories. She has received awards and fellowships from a variety of institutions including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the AHRC, and the British Academy.

At the OU she is founder and Project Lead of Open Arts Objects (, an innovative project that provides free open access films and teaching support materials geared to the new A-level in Art History. She appears in a number of films on topics ranging from why there is Chinese porcelain represented in a Renaissance painting to the critical terms of mobility and globalisation.



Leah R. Clark's research