Email: jrodrig8@ed.ac.uk

Programme: History of Art - MPhil/PhD/MSc by Research

Start date: September 2015

Mode of study: Full time

Research title: Ottonian and Early Salian manuscript illumination at St Gall: Imagery, thought and Marian devotion

I obtained my BA Hons from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2012, after a two-year exchange in Naples, where I had the chance to start focusing my work on Late Antique and Medieval art, particularly across the Mediterranean basin. Following this, I took an MA at Leiden University (2013) and a two-year Research MA at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (2015).

I study the visual culture of the Early and High Middle Ages in Western Europe, with a focus on manuscript illumination. I am particularly keen on exploring patronage dynamics and donation scenes, the history of women in these processes and their representation, Old Testament themes, the performativity and materiality of the decorated manuscript, agencies, audiences, and architectural settings.

My current PhD project (2015- ) analyses the illuminated manuscript production of St Gall in the Ottonian and early Salian periods, roughly between c. 975-1075, with a focus on iconographic innovation, external patronage, the impact of Carolingian-era exegesis, Marian devotion and liturgies.

History of Art 1 (HIAR08009) - 2018-2019

History of Art 1 (HIAR08009) - 2017-2018

Medieval art in Europe (esp. c. 800-1200)

Early medieval and Romanesque manuscripts, frescos and art objects

Female patronage and gendered imageries

Representations of race and "Otherness"

Cross-cultural artistic interactions in Spain and Italy (Islam, Byzantium)

Biblical iconographies

Rituals and performance

Materiality and sensorial perception

Art, liturgy, and textual evidence


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