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Dr Agnès Bos received her PhD from the École pratique des Hautes études (EPHE) in 2000. She is a former student from the École nationale des chartes (Paris). She was a curator almost 20 years, first at the Archives nationales and later at the Musée national de la Renaissance in Écouen. In 2006, she joined the Decorative Arts department of the Louvre as Senior Curator. There she specialised in Decorative Arts from the Late Middle Ages to the 17th century, mostly French decorative arts, with a focus on furniture, tapestries and textiles. She also has a wide range of interests from scientific instruments to history of collections and collecting.

She published the catalogue raisonné of the ebony furniture from the Musée national de la Renaissance in 2006, and curated several exhibitions. Her most recent book, the catalogue raisonné of the Medieval and Renaissance furniture of the Louvre has been  released in December 2019. The only comprehensive research undertaken on a museum collection of Early furniture in the world, this was a multidisciplinary project that involved working closely with conservators, scientists and curators from other fields of speciality.

She joined the University of St Andrews in 2017 as a Lecturer in Museum Studies.

Her current research focuses on the Order of the Holy Spirit (Ordre du Saint-Esprit), especially the tangible and intangible expressions of the ceremonies held by this French Royal order of knighthood from the end of the 16th century to the beginning of the 19th century. She will curate a major exhibition at the Louvre in 2022, dedicated to this Order. She is invited as a Guest Scholar by the JP Getty Museum in 2021 to research that project.

Profile Keywords

Decorative arts, History of furniture, Medieval and Renaissance architecture, History of collections, Museum studies.


  • NA Architecture
  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
  • CD921 Archives
  • DC France


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