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The Pleasures of Regret - Art and Emotion The National Gallery
Centre for Philosophy and Art

The Pleasures of Regret - Art and Emotion The National Gallery

Publications & Films

Academic Writing & Conference Papers


Academic Journals

Brassey, V. The Expression of Emotions in Pictures, Routledge 2024. Co-editor with Professor Derek Matravers.


​​​Brassey, V. (2023). The Pictorial Narrator Estetika

Brassey, V (2022) . Affect in Artistic Creativity: Painting to Feel (Book Review), British Journal of Aesthetics

Brassey, V. (2021). The Expression of Emotion in Pictures, Philosophy Compass,

Brassey, V. (2020). What Makes a Painting Sad? Thesis, King's College London.

BRASSEY, V. (2020). Still Moving. Debates in Aesthetics, Volume 15,(1), pp. 35-50.

BRASSEY, V. (2019). The Implied Painter. Debates in Aesthetics, Volume 14,(1), pp. 15-29.


Philosophy Films

Wollheim Centenary film

(in production)

Time for Twofoldness

(in production)

Time For Beauty:Depictions 

(request due to licensing)

Time for Musical Expression

(request due to licensing)

Time for Expressiveness 

(request due to licensing)

The Pleasures of Regret 

National Gallery Series

Is Love Moral?

National Gallery Series

The Sublime

National Gallery Series


National Gallery Series



Guest teacher King's College London

Guest teacher The National Gallery



The Forty Hall Vineyards

Postdoctoral Project

'Time for Beauty'
BSA Fellowship 2022-3 

I am thrilled to have been awarded the BSA Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022-3. My project will be to explore the poorly defined concept of time-based aesthetic properties in (still) pictures, which I claim, helps to explain the representation and the expression of sophisticated emotions, such as regret, nostalgia, and euphoria.  This challenges a longstanding assumption that expressiveness in a picture (and other aesthetic properties) depends solely on spatial extension -  a curve here or a line there – while musical expressiveness depends on temporal properties namely, rhythm, melody, and cadence. However, given that sophisticated emotions such as nostalgia point to the past, it seems that the expressive qualities of at least some (such as nostalgic) pictures are interestingly time based.

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