Professor Susie Nash, Deborah Loeb Brice Professor of Renaissance Art, has been awarded a prestigious Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust. The Fellowship is for a project on the history and visual culture of the courts of France during in the period 1360-1422, seen primarily through the lens of the extensive inventories of their material goods.
During this period the Valois King Charles V, his son Charles VI and the princes of the blood, the ambitious, acquisitive and sometimes reckless Dukes of Anjou, Berry, Burgundy and Orleans, amassed vast collections of precious objects. This movable treasure, termed collectively ‘joyaux’, encompassed metalwork, jewels, plate, chapel goods and textiles, robes, hats, tapestries and paintings, manuscripts, relics, dog collars, astrolabes, cameos, and a host of other ‘choses estranges’ like giants’ teeth and ostrich eggs.
Professor Susie Nash said:
Although my work on inventories goes back over nearly 20 years, the inspiration for this project developed out of a Research Forum workshop organised by The Courtauld’s Dr Tom Nickson (pictured above with Professor Nash) and Dr Stefania Gerevini (now Assistant Professor at Bocconi University in Milan). I am delighted to have received this award and I really excited about working on the project and resulting book, provisionally entitled Making Lists: Inventories and Objects at the Courts of France.
Professor Gordon Marshall, Director of The Leverhulme Trust said: “The competition for these Fellowships has been particularly keen. The Trust received 233 applications and awarded 33 Fellowships. More importantly, the quality of the applications was extremely high and the Trust Board has been gratified both by the outcome and by the distinction of the successful scholars.”
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