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Professor Nigel Morgan MA, PhD

Professor Nigel Morgan, MA, PhD

Emeritus Honorary Professor of the History of Art

Office Phone: 01223 276164

Research Interests

Nigel Morgan is Honorary Professor of the History of Art and Head of Research of the Parker-on-the-Web Project on the medieval manuscripts of Corpus Christi College. He also collaborates with Stella Panayotova of the Fitzwilliam Museum on the catalogues of the illuminated manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the colleges of Cambridge. His main interests are in illuminated and liturgical manuscripts of the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, and on stained glass of the same period. He was Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oslo 1997-2004, and since then has been Emeritus Professor - he is a specialist on Scandinavian panel painting and wood sculpture of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. In Cambridge he has lectured for the Part II course on English Gothic Art and Architecture 1170-1350, and has been involved in teaching and examining the MPhil course.
In his earlier career he taught at the University of East Anglia, the University of London, and for many years in Australia at La Trobe University, where he was Professor of Art History, and at the University of Melbourne, where he was Helen Macpherson Smith Professorial Fellow. He was elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1994, and for several years was one of the members for Australia of the Comité International de l'Histoire de l'Art. He has also worked in the United States, as Director of the Index of Christian Art at Princeton University (1982-87), and in 2005 as Visiting Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. In 1996 he was Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford.
His books include the two volumes of Early Gothic Manuscripts 1190-1285 for the Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles (1982, 1988), two monographs on the Lambeth (1990) and Douce (2007) Apocalypses, and as collaborating author of the books on the Gulbenkian (2002) and Trinity (2005) Apocalypses. In the field of Scandinavian art he has been contributing author to the three volume study of the Painted Altar Frontals of Norway (2004). Iconography, liturgy, and the relationship between texts and images with particular regard to late medieval devotional art, have been his main fields of interest. He has recently co-edited and contributed chapters to the History of the Book in Britain 1100-1400 (2008), and is currently working on two books on the iconography, readership and liturgy of the medieval illustrated Psalter.