21st Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium: The Medieval Viewer

The Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium offers the opportunity for research students at all levels from universities across the UK and abroad to present and promote their research. This year’s theme for papers is the “Medieval Viewer”.

Works of art from the Middle Ages have retained their allure over the many centuries since their production, but details regarding their original display, reception, and haptic qualities have been obscured by the passage of time. Museum installations, online street-views or virtual tours, digital image banks, 3D models and other modern forms of viewing aim at providing access to art objects from all periods, but the ability to capture the work as it was originally meant to be viewed varies greatly with each technology.

This event has been made possible with the generous support of Dr Michael Carter.




09.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.10 Welcome

Session 1: Viewership: More than ‘seeing’

10.10 – 10.30 Miguel Ayres de Campos (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Seen / unseen: on the mirabilis as visual object

10.30 – 10.50 Laura Stefanescu (University of Sheffield): Heavenly Music in the Garden of Love: Sound, Emotion and Devotional Practice

10.50 – 11.10 Sophie Kelly (University of Kent): ‘Seeing’ the Trinity Through the Late Medieval Illuminated Book

11.10 – 11.30 Discussion

11.30 – 12.00 Tea/coffee break (provided in Seminar room 1)

Session 2: Whence the Viewer?

12.00 – 12.20 Anna Konya (Central European University, Budapest): Decorating the Sanctuary. The Iconography, Function and Reception of Eucharistic Imagery in the Late Gothic Wall Paintings of Transylvania

12.20 – 12.40 Lydia Hansell (The Courtauld Institute of Art): Witnessing the Nativity

12.40 – 13.00 Krisztina Ilko (University of Cambridge): Desire to see: the medieval viewer and the hagioscope

13.00 – 13.20 Discussion

13.20 – 14.30 Lunch (not provided)

Session 3: The Many Medieval Viewers

14.30 – 14.50 Anya Burgon (University of Cambridge): Viewing the Mill in Medieval Art c. 1100-1250

14.50 – 15.10 Emily Savage (University of St Andrews): Apocalyptic Heroines and Villainesses: Expanding Traditional Visual Narratives for the Medieval Female Viewer

15.10 – 15.30 Petr Jan Vinš & Lucie Kodišová (Charles University, Prague): Portable Altar – From a Status Symbol to a Forgotten Curiosity

15.30 – 15.50 Discussion

15.50 – 16.20 Break (the student café will be available for those who wish to buy tea/coffee, cakes)

Session 4: Viewing the Past: Medieval vs Modern Perspectives

16.20 – 16.40 Ann Adams (The Courtauld Institute of Art): An assertion of honour, but to whom? The cenotaph of Philippe Pot, Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Toison d’Or et de Saint-Michel

16.40 – 17.00 Stephanie A. Azzarello (University of Cambridge): Music of the Spheres: Seeing and Hearing the Choir Books of San Michele and San Mattia on Murano

17.00 – 17.20 Imogen Tedbury (The Courtauld Institute of Art): (Re)constructing the medieval fresco: Lorenzetti chapter house fresco fragments from Siena to London

17.20 – 17.50 Discussion

17.50 – 18.00 Closing remarks: Joanna Cannon (The Courtauld Institute of Art)

18.00 Reception

21st Annual Medieval Postgraduate Student Colloquium: The Medieval Viewer

19 Feb - 31 Jan 2023

19 Feb - 31 Jan 2023

The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN