Dr Lydia Hansell

Associate Lecturer in Medieval Art History

Thesis: Patronage of a Prelate: Artistic Provisions for the Religious Foundations of Cardinal Jean Rolin (1408-1483)

Supervised by Prof. Susie Nash


  • Courtauld Institute of Art

2013-2016 PhD candidate (full AHRC funding)

2011-2012  MA in Northern Renaissance Art [Commemoration, Salvation and Splendour: Artistic Production and Patronage in France and the Burgundian Netherlands, c. 1380-1520] (Distinction).

Dissertation title ‘Cardinal Jean Rolin and the Chapelle Saint-Léger in the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame, Beaune’ (Distinction)

  • Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

2004-2008 BA (Hons) Classics

Research interests

  • Ecclesiastical Patronage
  • Patronage
  • Religious Foundations
  • Cardinal Jean Rolin
  • Burgundian State
  • Art at the Burgundian Courts
  • Avignon at the end of the Schism

Conference papers (a selection)

  • 17 August 2022 Harlaxton
  • 22 – 24 March 2018 Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans
  • 31 March – 2 April 2016 Renaissance Society of America, Boston
  • 13-15 March 2015 Renaissance Cardinals: Diplomats and Patrons in the Early Modern World (St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Other academic activity

  • May 2015 Co-organiser of Third Annual Renaissance Postgraduate Colloquium – ‘Between Heaven and Earth: Ecclesiastical Patronage in Europe, 1400-1600’
  • March 2014  Member of editorial team for immediations: The Courtauld Journal for Postgraduate Research (Book Reviews)

Academic Training

  • June 2014  University of Columbia Palaeography Course
  • 2013-2014 Palaeography Course (Institute of Historical Research)
  • 2013-2014 CHASE Material Witness training programme