Sven Dupré is Vice-Dean for Research and Impact at the Faculty of Humanities and Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University and at the University of Amsterdam (affiliated with the Conservation & Restoration Program). He was the PI of the ARTECHNE project ‘Technique in the Arts: Concepts, Practices, Expertise, 1500-1950’, supported by a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2015-2021). 


Previously he was Professor of History of Knowledge at the Freie Universität and Director of the Research Group ‘Art and Knowledge in Premodern Europe’ at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. In Spring 2017 he was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study (University of Warwick) and the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH, University of Cambridge). In Spring 2015 he was Robert H. Smith Scholar in Residence for Renaissance Sculpture in Context at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His research has been supported by visiting fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science at the University of Sydney.


Dupré is a founding editor of the open-access Journal for the History of Knowledge and the Routledge book series Knowledge Societies in History, originating in the NWO (Dutch Research Council) project “Creating a Knowledge Society in a Globalizing World” at the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities at Utrecht University. He is a member of the advisory board of the Lund Center for History of Knowledge, the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), and of the Council of the Humanities of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Further, he is the founder of the ArtLab at Utrecht University and regularly collaborates with artists (a.o. David Hockney, Claudy Jongstra, Ciprian Muresan).

The Making of Technique in the Arts (Brepols, 2023)

Histories of Conservation and Art History in Modern Europe (Routledge, 2022)

A Cultural History of Color in the Renaissance (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

Reconstruction, Replication and Re-enactment in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Amsterdam University Press, 2020)

Gems in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Perspective as Practice (Brepols, 2019)

Knowledge and Discernment in the Early Modern Arts (Routledge, 2017)

Early Modern Color Worlds (Brill, 2016)
Geschiedenis van Kunst, Wetenschap en Techniek