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Dr Nicola Jennings

Associate Lecturer

Nicola Jennings completed a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art in early 2015 on The Chapel of Contador Saldaña at Santa Clara de Tordesillas: New Proposals about its Original Appearance and Role in the Fashioning of Identity by an Early Fifteenth-Century Converso.  Nicola had previously done an MA in Early Netherlandish Painting at the Courtauld, and worked at the National Gallery and City University.

Nicola has recently given papers on conversos, material culture and patronage at the 2015 conference of the Renaissance Society of America, at the 2014 International Medieval Meeting in Lleida, Spain, and at the 2014 Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar Colloquium at Queen Mary’s University of London.  She was Teaching Assistant on the BA1 Foundations course (Medieval Block) in Autumn 2014.  Nicola is currently part-time Research Associate at Coll y Cortés in London.

Education

  • MA, Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Diplôme de Recherche, Institut Universitaire d’Etudes du Développement, Geneva
  • BA University of Sussex

Teaching

  • BA1 Topic Course.  The Arts of Spanish Iberia, 1350-1550.  Spring term 2015-2016.
  • Lecturer, City University, London 2005-2009
  • Teaching Assistant, Foundations (Medieval block), Courtauld Institute of Art (Autumn Term 2014)

Research interests

  • The demand for northern European craftsmanship in fifteenth- and early-sixteenth century Iberia and the impact of this on local production
  • Panel painting in fifteenth-century Castile.
  • Sculpture and decorative stonework in fifteenth-century Castile.
  • The patronage of conversos in fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Castile.
  • The collections of paintings and tapestry belonging to Isabella of Castile and her courtiers.
  • Sixteenth- to early eighteenth-century Spanish polychrome sculpture.

Conference papers

  • July 2015:  The International Medieval Congress in Leeds on “Converso Patronage and the Renewal of Architectural Style in Fifteenth-Century Castile.”
  • March 2015: The RSA Conference in Berlin on “Converso Homines Novi and the Development of “Hispano-Flemish” Style.”
  • June 2014:  The International Medieval Meeting in Lleida, Spain. “La Capilla del Contador Saldaña a Santa Clara de Tordesillas: Un Estudio de Patronazgo Converso.”
  • June 2014: Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar Colloquium, Queen Mary’s University of London. “Fernán López de Saldaña: Converso Patron and Homo Novus.”
  • June 2013: International Medieval Meeting in Lleida, Spain. “Rottlí Gaulter and Artistic Collaboration in Aragon and Castile in the Early Fifteenth Century.”

Recent publications

  • Forthcoming review in Studies in Iconography (on Marta Serrano Coll.  Ferdinandus Dei gracia Rex Aragonum. La efigie de Fernando II el Católico en la iconografía medieval, Saragossa: Institución “Fernando el Católico”, 2014, and Effigies Regis Aragonum. La imagen figurativa del rey de Aragón en la Edad Media, Saragossa: Institución “Fernando el Católico”, 2015.)
  • Forthcoming catalogue entry on a Virgin and Child attributed to the Master of Miraflores in the catalogue edited by Susie Nash for an exhibition by Sam Fogg in New York in January 2016.
  • Forthcoming article co-authored with Ann Adams in Memorializing the Middle Classes, ed. Anne Leader, Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Forthcoming article co-authored with Isidro Puig in book of conference proceedings, Late Gothic Painting in the Crown of Aragon and the Hispanic Kingdoms, Turnhout: Brepols.
  • Contribution to catalogue entries in S. Nash, Late Medieval Panel Paintings. Materials, Methods, Meanings, London: Sam Fogg, 2011.
  • Catalogue entries in Compton Verney: A Guide to the Collections, Compton Verney: Scala Publishing 2010.

Other activities

  • Committee member, ARTES, Iberian and Latin American Visual Culture Group.
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and member of the Society’s Development Committee
  • Research Associate, Coll y Cortés, London

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