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: tradition, innovation, and exchange

I obtained my BA Hons from the University of Oviedo 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. Examining a limited number of manuscripts that display full-page scenes of remarkable quality, I study, among other topics, the weight of Carolingian pictorial traditions, books and liturgical rituals, different iconographic features and aesthetic influences in St Gall’s scriptorium by the year 1050, as well as donation scenes and author portraits.

History of Art 1 (HIAR08009) - 2017-2018

Medieval art (c. 800-1200)

Medieval manuscripts


Rituals and Performance

Women and art

Materials and sensorial perception

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