Born and raised in the south of Ireland, Matthew Whyte is an Art Historian specializing in the visual and cultural history of Italy from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century. He has lectured in University College Cork (UCC) since 2014, where he is also in the final stages of his doctoral research in the History of Art Department. His present research focuses on fifteenth-century Italian sculpture, assessing the impact of medieval visual principles on the development of style and the religious context which drove this cultural interaction.
Matthew completed an undergraduate degree in History of Art and Philosophy in 2014 and a Masters in Renaissance Art History in 2017. His current doctoral research frequently takes him to cultural sites, research institutes, and archives across Italy. He teaches across all areas of Western Art History, with an emphasis on the historical, cultural, political, and ideological circumstances in which art and architecture was produced. Matthew has most recently presented his research at conferences organized by the Renaissance Society of America (RSA) and the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes in London. As part of his teaching activities, he frequently leads study trips in cultural sites across Europe, and he has participated in cultural expedition-based tourism in the Mediterranean. Outside art and history, Matthew's personal passion lies in cooking - for him, learning about and sampling local cuisine is one of the most joyous parts of travel.