About Us

Medieval Art Research began as a resource run by researchers at The Courtauld. We provide news, views and upcoming advice from the world of medieval art history. Since its creation in 2013, the website is now run by a team of volunteers based at different institutions across the world.

Current editors

Róisín Astell

Róisín Astell

Roisin Astell received a First Class Honours in History of Art at the University of York (2014). After spending a year learning French in Paris, Roisin then completed an MSt. in Medieval Studies at the University of Oxford (2016). 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.

Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. She has been awarded a WRoCAH AHRC studentship at the University of York, and is researching the material patronage of London merchants and the Livery Companies across the Reformation.

Charlotte Cook

Charlotte Cook graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in European History from W&L University in 2019. In 2020 she received her Master’s degree in History of Art from The Courtauld, earning the classification of Merit. Her research explores questions of royal patronage, both by and in honor of rulers, in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England. She has worked as a researcher and collections assistant at several museums and galleries. She plans to pursue a PhD in 2022.

Lydia McCutcheon

Lydia McCutcheon graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in History in 2019. She also holds an MSt. in Medieval Studies from the University of Oxford. Her MSt. dissertation focused on the depiction of familial relationships in the stained glass windows of Canterbury Cathedral’s Trinity Chapel. Lydia is currently reading for an MA in Heritage Management with Queen Mary, University of London and Historic Royal Palaces.

Rachel M. Carlisle

Rachel M. Carlisle is an art historian specialising in the art of northern Europe (c. 1400–1600). She holds a PhD from Florida State University (2022) and a Master of Arts degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art (2014). Her current research interests include the materiality of late medieval and early modern objects, transalpine exchanges, patronage and collecting practices, the reception of antiquity during the early modern period, and print technologies.

Dr Julia Faiers

Julia Faiers has just been awarded her PhD from the University of St Andrews (2021). She wrote her thesis on the art patronage of Louis d’Amboise, bishop of Albi from 1474 to 1503, under the supervision of Professor Kate Rudy. Julia gained a First Class Honours degree in art history at the University of St Andrews (1995). She took a year off to learn German in Berlin, and then won a British Academy Award to study for her MA in German Expressionism at the Courtauld under the supervision of Dr Shulamith Behr (1997). Julia spent almost twenty years working as a journalist before returning to academia in 2016. She still loves Expressionism but is a medievalist through and through.

Wren Biszewski Eber

Wren Biszewski Eber received a Bachelor’s degree in Art History with a minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2018. In 2020 she received a classification of Distinction for her MA in the art and architecture of Medieval England from the Courtauld Institute of Art, supervised by Dr. Tom Nickson. She is currently the Charles D. Childs Fellow at Childs Gallery in Boston, and intends to pursue a PhD in 2022.

Dr Blair Apgar

Blair recently completed their PhD in the History of Art department at the University of York (2021), working with Hanna Vorholt and Amanda Lillie. Their thesis focused on the role of Matilda of Canossa in the sociopolitical development of the Investiture Controversy and the First Crusade, its relationship to her material patronage, and the development of her legacy as a Christian hero. Their most recent research focuses on the flexibility of gendered terms in the Middle Ages in relation to ‘exceptional’ women, as well as the general dissemination of the Middle Ages in modern popular culture, as in video games and film.