Dr Tom NicksonSenior Lecturer in Medieval Art & Architecture Office hours (office 6): email me for an appointment
My research and teaching fall broadly into two categories: Gothic art and architecture across Europe, and encounters between Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions, especially in medieval Iberia. Many of these issues were addressed in my first book, Toledo Cathedral: Building Histories in Medieval Castile (2015), and I am now working on a new book, Architecture in Medieval Spain: Seven Moments, which will explore architecture across the Iberian Peninsula (including Portugal and al-Andalus) from the twelfth to the fifteenth century.
I am also developing two additional projects. The first is a special journal issue on the art and cult of Thomas Becket, timed to mark the anniversary of his death and translation in 2020. The second considers the management and significance of light and darkness in medieval art and architecture.
- ‘England, Europe and Beyond: Art, Identity, Trade & Politics in the Middle Ages‘. Taught in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
- ‘Arts of Intimacy? Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain’. I will probably teach this again in 2021/22.
- ‘Gothic Encounters: Architecture and Emulation in the Middle Ages’. I will probably teach this again in 2022/23.
- ‘Power and Piety: Medieval Westminster’ (BA1)
- ‘Contact Zones: Art, Exchange and Identity in Medieval Spain’ (BA2)
I welcome applications from prospective PhD students and advise you to contact me as early as possible in the application process (ideally before December, to begin the following October)
- Jamie Haskell, ‘The cloister of Pamplona Cathedral’ (due September 2022). Funded by CEEH.
- Costanza Beltrami, ‘Juan Guas and Gothic Architecture in Late Medieval Spain: Collaborations, Networks, Geographies’ (2020)
- Maeve O’Donnell-Morales, ‘The Altar in Medieval Castile: a Social and Material History’ (2018)
- Sophie Dentzer, ‘Decorative Vaults in Fourteenth-Century England’ (2016)
- Matilde Grimaldi, ‘The Lost Romanesque Cathedral of Tortosa (Catalonia)’ (2016)
- The spread of Gothic architecture in medieval Europe and technologies of architectural transmission.
- Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean, especially Iberia and England.
- 19th– and 20th-century architectural criticism and revivalism.
- The cult of St Thomas Becket.
- Church furnishings and inventories.
- Epigraphy and orality in Christian and Islamic contexts.
- The reception of Islamic art and architecture in medieval Europe.
- Architecture and light.
- Antiquarianism in Early Modern Spain and England.
Books and edited books
- Gothic Architecture in Spain: Invention and Imitation, eds T. Nickson and N. Jennings, Courtauld Books Online, 2020.
- Toledo Cathedral: Building Histories in Medieval Castile. Penn State University Press, 2015.
- ‘Simulacra and Seriality: Spanish Renaissance Sculpture‘. Special issue of the Hispanic Research Journal, eds T. Nickson, M. Trusted and J. Schrader, 16: 5 (October 2015).
- Picturing Kingship in Medieval Castile, eds T. Nickson and K. Donahue-Wallace. Special 2012 issue of the Hispanic Research Journal, with papers from a conference organised in York in July 2011.
Essays and articles (many available at Academia.edu)
- ‘Gothic Architecture in Spain: Invention and Imitation’, introductory essay in Gothic Architecture in Spain: Invention and Imitation, eds T. Nickson and N. Jennings, Courtauld Books Online, 2020.
- ‘Size and Surveillance in Conquest Spain: The View from the Tower’, in Beauty and Persuasion in Medieval Art (special issue of Codex Aquilarensis, 35, 2019), 139-156.
- ‘Art of Medieval Iberia’, Oxford Bibliographies Online (2019).
- (with Almudena Cros), ‘Constructing Pardon in Medieval Toledo’. Medieval Studies in Honour of Peter Linehan, eds F. Hernández, R. Sánchez Ameijeiras and E. Falque (2018), 493-522.
- ‘The Sound of Conversion in Medieval Iberia’. Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound, eds S. Boynton and D. Reilly (2015), 91-107.
- ‘Remembering Fernando. Multi-lingual inscriptions in medieval Iberia’. Viewing Inscriptions in the Late Antique and Medieval World, ed. A. Eastmond (2015), 170-186.
- ‘Sovereignty Belongs to God: Text, Ornament and Magic in Christian and Islamic Seville‘, Art History 38: 5 (2015), 838-61.
- ‘Texts and Talismans in Medieval Castile’. Art in Translation 7: 1 (2015): 9-38
- ‘Copying Córdoba? Toledo and Beyond‘. The Medieval History Journal 15, no. 2 (2012): 319–354.
- ‘The First Murder: Picturing Polemic c. 1391‘. The Hebrew Bible in the Fifteenth Century: Exegesis, Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts, eds J. Decter and A. Prats (2012): 41–60.
- ‘Reframing the Bible: Genesis and Exodus on Toledo Cathedral’s Fourteenth-Century Choir Screen’. In Gesta 50, no. 1 (2011): 71–89.
- ‘Art and Belief in Medieval Castile’. Spiritual Temporalities in Late-Medieval Europe, ed. M. Foster (2010): 99–126.
- ‘La Catedral: su Historia Constructiva’. La Catedral Primada de Toledo, ed. R. Gonzálvez (2010): 148–161.
- ‘The Locked-Up Garden. Art and Nature in Medieval Castile’. Immediations 2, no. 2 (2009): 19–29.
- ‘The Royal Tombs of Santes Creus: Negotiating the Royal Image in Medieval Iberia‘. Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 72, no. 1 (2009): 1–14.
- ‘Moral Edification at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge‘. Architectural History 48 (2005): 49–68
- Rose Walker, Art in Spain and Portugal from the Romans to the Early Middle Ages. Routes and Myths, in Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 170, 2017, pp. 210-212.
- Paul Binski, Gothic Wonder: Art, Artifice and the Decorated Style, 1290-1350, in Art History, 39: 1, 2016, pp. 152-155.
- Jacqueline Jung, The Gothic Choir Screen, in The Medieval Journal, 14.1, 2014, pp. 139-141.
- Pamela Patton, Art of Estrangement. Redefining Jews in Conquest Spain, in Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 8.1, 2013.
- Christabel Watson, The Romanesque Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela: A Reassessment, in Journal of the British Archaeological Association, 163, 2010, pp. 182-185.