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Edward Chaney

Professor Edward Chaney


School of Art, Design and Fashion

023 8201 3478 ext. 3478 Room no. JM205


Professor of fine and decorative arts

Professor Chaney gained a first class honours degree in History of Art at Reading University and completed an MPhil and PhD at the Warburg Institute, University of London. He also has a Laurea from the University of Pisa and is acommendatore of the Italian Republic.

From 1978-1985 he lived in Florence where he was a Ricercatore at the European University Institute, adjunct assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Villa Le Balze, an associate of Harvard University's Villa I Tatti and taught at the University of Pisa. From 1985-90 he was the shuffrey research fellow in Architectural History at Lincoln College, Oxford. He subsequently worked for English Heritage as historian to the London region and lectured in the history of art at Oxford Brookes University. Meanwhile he co-founded and was principal lecturer for Anglo-Italian study tours. In 2014 he was visiting professor of art history at the New College of the Humanities and January-March 2015 fernand braudel senior fellow at the European University Institute, Florence.

Professor Chaney is:

  • Honorary life member of the British Institute of Florence. 
  • Honorary associate of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers. 
  • Honorary life member of the Guernsey Society. 
  • Founding chair of the History of Collecting Research Centre and the Research Cluster in ‘Cultural Memory’ at Southampton Solent University.
  • A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
  • A fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
  • Member of the Advisory Group of the Benedictus Trust.
  • commendatore of the Italian Republic.

He has served on:

  • The listed buildings committee of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society. 
  • ICOMOS education committee.
  • The Council of the Catholic Record Society.
  • The executive committee of the British-Italian Society. 
  • The executive committee of Walpole Society.
  • The executive committee of the Association of International Art Critics (AICA). 
  • Southampton City Council ‘Cultural Consortium’.

He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of:

  • The Journal of the Wyndham Lewis Society.
  • The British Art Journal.
  • The Court Historian. 


  • BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, Laurea di Dottore, FSA, FRHistS.
  • BA (Hons) - Reading University.
  • Laurea - University of Pisa.
  • MPhil - Warburg Institute, University of London.
  • PhD - Warburg Institute, University of London.