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Dr Andrew Chen

Dr Andrew Chen

Research Fellow, St John’s College

Medieval and Renaissance 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. My dissertation was on the visual and material culture of flagellant confraternities in Italy. A revised and expanded version of this has just been published by Amsterdam University Press as Flagellant Confraternities and Italian Art, 1260–1610: Ritual and Experience. In 2016, I became a Research Fellow at St John's College. In the Department, I co-convene (with Polly Blakesley and Katie Reinhart) the second-year core course Approaches to the History of Art and teach on Donal Cooper's special subject paper Art and Architecture in the Age of Giotto.

Research Interests

I am interested in medieval and Renaissance art and culture broadly. My current research focuses on forms of contemplation in the Renaissance; the meaning of art in ritual contexts; and examples of rupture and dissonance between text and image, representation and expectation. The book that comes out of this work will address questions of method, examining in particular the variety of scholarly approaches to period eye.

Key Publications

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

‘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.