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Prof Suzanne Butters - personal details

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Role: Professor of Art History

Location: Mansfield Cooper Building-3.8
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




An American, Suzy studied art history, philosophy and music at Mount Holyoke College in the early 1960s, and after a year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art when she also studied Italian, she moved to Italy. Here she took an MA in art history, studied architecture for three years at Florence University's Facolta di Architettura, and taught for American Junior-Year-Abroad programmes (Gonzaga, Ohio State, California State).

In 1970 she married the historian Humfrey C. Butters and moved to England, where she began work on her PhD under the guidance of Howard Burns (then at the Courtauld Institute, now at the University of Venice) on the Tuscan villas of cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici (1563-1587), a continuing research interest. She joined the Art History department of the University of Manchester in 1975, where she is now Professor of Art History.

The recipient of many grants and awards, she has been a stipendiary Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti (1987-1988), where she was also a Visiting Professor, during the year in which she held at Leverhulme Trust Fellowship (1998-1999), an fellowship she also held in 2006-2007. She was a Senior Advisor on Sussex University's three-year research project, The Material Renaissance (funded by the AHRB and the Getty Foundation) (2001-2003). She is a member of the Advisory Board, a contributing author and the co-editor of two volumes for the forthcoming eleven-volume publication Il Rinascimento italiano e l'Europa, funded by the Fondazione Cassamarca through the Centro dell'Umanesimo Latino in Treviso, and she is a member of the Honorary Advisory Committee of the seminar of IESA (Institut d'Etudes Supérieures des Arts) on Collecting and Display 100BC to AD1700 based at the University of London's Institute of Historical Research.

She founded and directs The University of Manchester's Italian Forum, an innovative research grouping of scholars interested in the arts, architecture, archaeology of Italy, from antiquity to the present day, and she is a member of the University's interdisciplinary research group, Landscape and Identity. In 2004-2005, she devised an interdisciplinary MA for the University's new School of Arts, Histories & Cultures, Constructions of the Sacred, the Holy and the Supernatural; this draws on the research expertise from eight disciplines (Ancient History & Classics, Archaeology, Art History & Visual Studies, Drama, English & American Studies, History, Music, and Religions & Theology), with a view to encouraging new kinds of postgraduate and postdoctoral research projects, and new research groupings at Manchester.