Mary Roberts

The Poetics of the Orientalist Interior

Mary Roberts is the John Schaeffer Professor of Art History at the University of Sydney.  She specializes in nineteenth-century British and Ottoman art with particular expertise in Orientalism, the history of artistic exchanges between the Ottoman Empire and Europe and the culture of travel. Her books include: Istanbul Exchanges. Ottomans, Orientalists and Nineteenth-century visual culture (University of California Press, 2015), Intimate Outsiders. The Harem in Ottoman and Orientalist Art and Travel Literature (Duke, 2007) and four co-edited books: The Poetics and Politics of Place. Ottoman Istanbul and British Orientalism (Pera Museum and University of Washington Press, 2011) Edges of Empire. Orientalism and Visual Culture (Blackwells, 2005), Orientalism’s Interlocutors, (Duke, 2002) and Refracting Vision. Essays on the Writings of Michael Fried (Power Publications, 2000/2012).

Mary has been awarded residential fellowships at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, (2014-15), the Clark Art Institute and Oakley Center for the Humanities (2009-10), the Getty Research Institute (2008-9), Yale Center for British Art (1999 and 2008), and was a visiting scholar at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University (2011-12). Her research has also been supported by grants from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Australian Research Council. She has been invited to speak at the Getty Research Institute, The Freer/Sackler Galleries in Washington, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Tate Britain, Northwestern, University of Michigan, Bosphorus University, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, the Yale Center for British Art, CUNY, Boston University, MIT and Pera Museum, Istanbul. Mary’s current book project is Artists as Collectors of Islamic Art.

Mary Roberts

Professor of Art History, University of Sydney