I was born in Belfast and read classics at Clare College, Cambridge. Before moving to Oxford in 2011, I was Reader in Classical Art and its Heritage at The Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where I served as Acting Dean in 2010-11. Previously I taught at Cambridge and at Reading University, where I was Lecturer in Classics and Curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology.
My personal research mainly lies in the field of ancient sculpture, including Roman provincial art and the sculpture collection at Wilton House, for which I am completing a major catalogue and history. My past publications include, Statues in Roman Society: Representation and Response (Oxford, 2003); Roman Art (Oxford/Cambridge, 2004); and The Social History of Roman Art (Cambridge 2008). I also work on connections between classical art and the artistic traditions of Asia, especially the ancient Buddhist sculpture of Gandhara in what is now northern Pakistan. As Director of the Classical Art Research Centre (CARC) I am responsible for its Beazley Archive and oversee research on a range of subjects across the history of ancient art.
Roman Sculpture, Greek Art, Roman Art, Wilton House, Collecting, Gandhara, Roman Provinces, Artistic Diffusion.
Greek and Roman art and archaeology.
Ancient Greek Artists and Texts: Loss and Re-creation
Visual Histories: Visual Remains and Histories of the Classical World. Papers in Honour of R.R.R. Smith
Continuity and Tradition in Late Antique Perceptions of Portrait Statuary
Statuen und Statuensammlungen in der Spätantike – Funktion und Kontext
Gell's Idols and Roman Cult
Art's Agency and Art History
Problems of Chronology in Gandhāran Art: Proceedings of the First International Workshop of the Gandhāra Connections Project, University of Oxford, 23rd-24th March, 2017