New Publication: ‘Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries’ by Susan L. Green

This book is the first detailed investigation to focus on the late medieval use of Tree of Jesse imagery, traditionally a representation of the genealogical tree of Christ. In northern Europe, from the mid-fifteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, it could be found across a wide range of media. Yet, as this book vividly illustrates, it had evolved beyond a simple genealogy into something more complex, which could be modified to satisfy specific religious requirements. It was also able to function on a more temporal level, reflecting not only a clerical preoccupation with a sense of communal identity, but a more general interest in displaying a family’s heritage, continuity and/or social status. It is this dynamic and polyvalent element that makes the subject so fascinating.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: The Tree of Jesse and the Speculum Humanae Salvationis

Chapter Two: The Tree of Jesse and Saint Anne

Chapter Three: The Tree of Jesse, the Carmelites, and other Religious Orders

Chapter Four: The Tree of Jesse and the Schöllenbach Altarpiece: A Case Study

Chapter Five: The Tree of Jesse and Antwerp Carved Altarpieces

Chapters Six: The Tree of Jesse in Northern France


Susan L. Green is an associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and visiting lecturer at the New College of the Humanities, London.

  • ISBN 9780367664732
  • Published September 29, 2020 by Routledge
  • 256 Pages

Find out more and order here.


Published by Roisin Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014), under the supervision of Dr Emanuele Lugli. After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016), where she was supervised by Professor Gervase Rosser and Professor Martin Kauffmann. In 2017, Roisin was awarded a CHASE AHRC studentship as a doctoral candidate at the University of Kent’s Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, under the supervision of Dr Emily Guerry.

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