50 years
Undergraduate Postgraduate taught Postgraduate research Professional development

Search undergraduate

Search postgraduate
taught courses

Search postgraduate

Search professional
development courses

Click 'Search' to view all professional development courses.

[Important data protection stuff]

Select the image that matches the one in the box

icon1 icon1 icon2 icon3 icon4

Upcoming open days

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Colchester Campus
Saturday 25 October 2014 (booking now)
Southend Campus
Saturday 11 October 2014 (booking now)
Colchester Campus
Wednesday 5 November 2014 (booking now)

Personal details

No open days are available for booking yet. You will be able to book your desired open day online three months before the date.

Tour details

Colchester Campus
Southend Campus

Select the image that matches the one in the box

icon1 icon1 icon2 icon3 icon4

Select the image that matches the one in the box

icon1 icon1 icon2 icon3 icon4

Emeritus Professors

Professor Peter Vergo (part-time)

Telephone01206 873007

Peter Vergo is one of Britain’s leading experts on modern German and Austrian art. His exhibition Vienna 1900 was the centrepiece of the 1983 Edinburgh Festival and led to the award of the Golden Order of Merit by the Republic of Austria for services to Austrian art. Other exhibitions he has curated include Abstraction: Towards a New Art (Tate) and Emil Nolde (Whitechapel Art Gallery and Arken, Copenhagen). As editor of the anthology The New Museology he launched a controversial debate about the role of museums in society. His other publications include Art in Vienna 1898-1918, Kandinsky: Complete Writings on Art and The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection: Twentieth-Century German Painting. The first of his two books about the relationship between music and the visual arts, entitled That Divine Order, was published by Phaidon in 2005. It successor, The Music of Painting (2010), is also published by Phaidon and has recently been reissued in paperback. Research leading to the publication of both volumes was generously supported by the award of a Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust. His latest research contribution has been a lengthy introductory essay in the catalogue of an exhibition of Hungarian Art (Die Acht: Ungarns Highway in die Moderne) shown in Vienna at the Kunstforum Bankaustria in autumn 2012. He was Head of the Department of Art History and Theory at Essex until his partial retirement in 2010.


M.A. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Current research

Early twentieth-century Hungarian art

Research interests

German and Austrian art; music and the visual arts; museology.

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate module (AR309) on early 20th-century Austrian, German, Russian and Northern European art.

PublicationsLink to publications for Peter Vergo

Panel chair at the one-day conference 'Edvard Munch: the Promise of Modernity', Tate Modern, October 2012

Keynote speaker at the Blue Rider Centenary Conference, Tate Modern, November 2011

Panel chair at the conference 'Rhythmus - Harmonie - Proportion', Paris-Lodron Universität/Mozarteum Salzburg, March 2010

<< Back