Douglas Brine has taught at Trinity University since 2009 after having completed his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. His research and teaching focus on the visual arts in northern Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance with a particular emphasis on sculpture, painting, and metalwork in the Low Countries. His doctoral work was concerned with the art of commemoration and centered on Netherlandish wall-mounted memorials (or "epitaphs") and their relation to contemporary painting, notably that of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden. His current research project explores the creation, dissemination, and meanings of brass and bronze sculpture from the Netherlands during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. A secondary field of interest is the Gothic Revival in nineteenth-century England and the work of the architect and theorist Augustus Pugin.
Dr Brine’s scholarship has been supported by fellowships at the Courtauld Research Forum, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His book Pious Memories was published by Brill in 2015; his Art Bulletin article on Van Eyck’s Van der Paele Virgin was awarded the 2015 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize by the College Art Association.
"Rogier van der Weyden and the Art of Commemoration," in L. Campbell, J. Van der Stock, C. Reynolds and L. Watteeuw (eds),Rogier van der Weyden in Context. Papers presented at the Seventeenth Symposium for the Study of Underdrawing and Technology in Painting held in Leuven, 22-24 October 2009 (Paris / Leuven / Walpole, MA 2012), pp. 252-265.
"Image, text and prayer. The indulgenced memorial tablet of Jean de Libourc (d. 1470), canon of Saint-Omer," Church Monuments vol. 23 (2008), pp. 45-61, 163-165. Awarded the Church Monuments Society Essay Prize
"Evidence for the forms and usage of early Netherlandish memorial paintings," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes vol. 71 (2008), pp. 139-168. [available from JSTOR]
"Rogier van der Weyden and Early Netherlandish Wall Memorials,"immediations. The Courtauld Institute of Art Journal of Postgraduate Research vol. 2, no. 1 (2008), pp. 7-27.
"Campin's Contemporaries: Painting in Tournai in the Early Fifteenth Century," in L. Nys and D. Vanwijnsberghe (eds), Campin in Context. Peinture et société dans la vallée de l'Escaut à l'époque de Robert Campin 1375-1445 (Valenciennes, Brussels & Tournai 2007), pp. 101-112.