Director of The Power Institute
Mark Ledbury comes to the Power from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, where he was associate Director of the Research and Academic Program. In that role he oversaw the expansion of the research program’s ambition and reach. He devised, planned and ran workshops, conferences and partnerships and worked to develop and oversee a lively residential scholars’ program.
Professor Ledbury took his degrees at the University of Cambridge and the University of Sussex, and his first academic post was as lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Portsmouth. He then moved to the University of Manchester where he was lecturer in Art History, until he joined the Clark in 2003.
His research focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth century European art, and in particular on the relationships between theatre and the visual arts, and on questions of genre. He is the author of Sedaine, Greuze and the Boundaries of Genre (Oxford, 2000), and his current book project is entitled An Eccentric History of History Painting. He is the editor of four volumes, and of numerous articles and chapters on eighteenth-century French artists such as Francois Boucher, Jacques-Louis David and Jean-Baptiste Greuze.
Professor Ledbury has also written articles exploring the methods of art history, and he is the editor of the forthcoming Fictions of Art History (Yale University Press, 2012)
Professor Ledbury serves on the executive committee of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and on the advisory boards of several journals and publications, including Art History, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture and SVEC.