Douglas Brine has taught at Trinity University since 2009. After completing his studies at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, he held postdoctoral fellowships at the Courtauld Research Forum and the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He taught previously in the UK at Birkbeck College and the Courtauld, and in the US at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He also worked in London in the commercial art world and for museum and historic house institutions, including the National Gallery and the National Trust. In addition to his publications, Dr Brine has given numerous lectures and conference papers at institutions in Britain, Europe, and the United States.
Dr Brine's research focuses on late medieval art in northern Europe, especially northern France and the Low Countries. His work is concerned with the visual culture of commemoration and centers on Netherlandish wall-mounted memorials (or "epitaphs") and their relation to contemporary painting, notably that of Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden.
"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.