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Bentkowska-Kafel Anna

Dr Anna Bentkowska-Kafel

AnnaBentkowska-KafelLecturer in Digital Art History

Tel +44 (0)20 7874 1421
Digital Humanities
King’s College London
Room 221
26-29 Drury Lane
WC2B 5RL  



1980 - M.A. in the History of Art, University of Warsaw

1994 - M.A. in Computing Applications for the History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London

1998 - Ph.D. in Art History and Digital Media Studies, Southampton Institute/Nottingham Trent University

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Digital art history: the use of digital technologies in art practice and scholarship
  • Virtual artefacts: methods, techniques and ethics
  • Visual culture of early-modern Europe: anthropomorphic and cosmological representations of Nature

Anna Bentkowska-Kafel's research, teaching and publications (see have been mainly on visual culture in Western Europe, and the use of advanced ICT methods in documentation and interpretation of art. She has published on digital iconography and digital iconology, the evidential value of the digital image and the impact of interactive computer graphics on representation and interpretation of art and architecture of the past.

She has been involved in a number of computer-based art projects hosted by the Courtauld Institute of Art in London; Birkbeck College London; the Department of Digital Humanities and the Centre for e-Research (CeRch) at King’s College London, and other institutions, including:

• Computers and the History of Art (CHArt)

Colour and space in Cultural Heritage (COSCH)

• Virtual Museum Transnational Network (V-MusT)

• JISC 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network (3DVisA) 

• The London Charter for Computer-based Visualisation of Cultural Heritage

• Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre (AHeSSC)

• A British Academy project, Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland

• Maritime Art Greenwich

Anna welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests.

For more details, please see her full research profile

Selected Publications

For a complete list of Anna's publications, please see her full research profile.


MA Digital Humanities and MA Digital Culture and Society modules on Digital Arts and Culture and Digital Visualisation; PhD Supervision; Graduate Diploma in Humanities.

Expertise and Public Engagement

14 September 2012, Who Needs Paradata?, Keynote address,

Theory and Practice of Computer Graphics 2012, Eurographics UK Chapter Annual Conference, The Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK.

20-22 September 2011, invited to present at the workshop, Digital Art History: Challenges, Tools, Practical Solutions, organised by the Getty Research Institute and the University of Málaga, held at the Museo del Patrimonio Municipal de Málaga, Spain.

23-27 January 2011: Co-chair of the IS&T/SPIE Electronic Imaging. Computer Vision and Art Analysis, San Francisco, CA

30 March 2011: The Leverhulme Oplontis Visualisation Project Final Report

1 April 2011: Keynote address at the US National Science Foundation-supported workshop on Cross-Disciplinary Investigations in Imaging and Image Analysis at the National Center for Supercomputer Applications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

19 June 2011: Virtual Touch. Towards an Interdisciplinary Research Agenda for the Arts and Humanities, presentation at the Digital Humanities conference, Stanford US


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