Helen Hills


Former affiliations
  • YO10 5DD

    United Kingdom

Personal profile

Research interests

Research Interests:

Art and the sacred / devotional art, esp. in late 16thC-18thC

empire, colonialism and art

Thinking and writing architectural history in non-conventional ways

Baroque art

Baroque Theory

Architectural Theory

gender sexuality art and architecture

materiality, art, redemption

silver & trauma

17thC Italian painting, sculpture, architecture, urbanism

Early modern silver


Co-supervision of PhD students outside York:

I co-supervised with Dr Ben Quash (Kings London) Josephine Niall's PhD on 'Visual Apophaticism and its Visual Implications'. April 2012-2018. PhD awarded.

External positions

Editorial Board, Open University

2005 → …


  • NA Architecture
  • theory
  • writing architectural history in non-conventional ways
  • film & architecture
  • gender and architecture
  • baroque
  • religious devotion & architecture
  • social class, gender & architecture, esp. in relation to religious questions
  • excess
  • ornament & decoration
  • southern Italian baroque architecture
  • relics and architecture
  • urbanism
  • materiality
  • spirituality
  • silver
  • colonialism and culture
  • empire and art
  • early modern capitalism
  • NB Sculpture
  • sculpture
  • painting
  • architecture
  • dress
  • ND Painting
  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • NX Arts in general