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Dr Andrew Chen

Dr Andrew Chen

Research Fellow, St John’s College

Medieval and early modern art


I was born in San Francisco and grew up in Taiwan and Orange County, California. After studying at Harvard as an undergraduate, I did an MPhil and PhD in History of Art at Cambridge. In 2016, I became a Research Fellow at St John's College. My first book, Flagellant Confraternities and Italian Art, 1260–1610: Ritual and Experience, was published in September 2018. In the Department, I give lectures for the second-year core course Approaches to the History of Art and Donal Cooper's special subject paper Art and Architecture in the Age of Giotto.

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in medieval and early modern art and culture. I am currently finishing an article on the invisible lines of the stigmatization of Catherine of Siena, and working on a book-length study of Renaissance allegories of navigation in a global context.

Key Publications

Flagellant Confraternities and Italian Art, 1260–1610: Ritual and Experience (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018).

(with Charlotte Bolland) Meynnart Wewyck and the Portrait of Lady Margaret Beaufort in the Master's Lodge at St John's College, Cambridge’, The Burlington Magazine 161 (April 2019): 314–19.

‘Giustino di Gherardino da Forlì and the Antiphoners of Pavia Cathedral’, Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz 59 (2017): 409–19. 

‘The Provenance and Function of a Tabernacle by Paolo Schiavo in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge’, The Burlington Magazine 159 (September 2017): 693–96.

‘Vividness, Voice, and the Imagination According to Petrarch’, Word & Image 33/2 (2017): 127–37.

‘Discipline Transformed: The Processions of a Pavian Flagellant Confraternity, 1330–1460’, in Diana Bullen Presciutti, ed., Space, Place, and Motion: Locating Confraternities in the Late Medieval and Early Modern City (Leiden: Brill, 2017), 155–77.

‘The Decoration of a Statute Book for a Pavian Flagellant Confraternity’, Rivista di storia della miniatura 18 (2014): 64–73. 

‘Abigail and David: The Iconography of a Romanesque Capital from Notre-Dame-des-Doms, Avignon’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 76 (2013): 131–36.