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Department of History of Art



I am the Schulman Fellow in History of Art at Trinity Hall.  Before beginning my Fellowship I completed my PhD at the History of Art Department in Cambridge, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow for two years with the Centre for Medieval Literature at the University of York (joint with the University of Southern Denmark). 


I am broadly interested in medieval aesthetic issues: specifically the role of image, metaphor, and imagination in medieval education, theology, and contemplation, with a focus on the twelfth century and northern Europe.  I am currently working on a monograph, based on my doctoral thesis, which explores the metaphorics of craft and making ('poiesis') in twelfth and thirteenth-century pedagogy.  Alongside this I am working on a new project about the ancient ethical ideal of attaining a cosmic 'view from above' as it reappears in medieval contemplation, poetry, and the visual arts from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries.


Key publications: 

Forthcoming: 'Miniaturizing Visions in Late-Medieval Art and Literature', in The Miniature: Unreal Presence, ed. by Carl Knappett and Matt Kavaler (2024/25)

'The Limits of the Present: Hugh of Saint-Victor’s Pictura of Noah’s Ark and Augustine’s Distentio Animi’, Interfaces: A Journal of Medieval European Literatures 10 (2023), 84–115. 

'Ars mechanica, the Work of Restoration, and Poiesis in the Didascalicon of Hugh of Saint-Victor and the Allegories of Bernard Silvestris and Alan of Lille’, Viator 50 No. 3 (2019) 131-163.

Schulman Research Fellow in History of Art
Dr Anya  Burgon