MSc Art of the Global Middle Ages

Shandra Lamaute’s academic interests are centred upon the book as an object, with a specific focus upon materiality and the cultural translation of Islamic manuscripts about magic or textual talismans within the Western world. Her current research, which will culminate in her Masters dissertation, is part of a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the National Museums Scotland and is titled, ‘Unlocking the Mysteries: the National Museums Scotland’s Block-Printed Islamic Amulet.’

Emily Michelle Tuttle’s academic interests focus on the cultural and artistic translation from East to West, emphasising the exchange of architectural design, sacred geometry, and the use of spolia. Her dissertation is titled, ‘A Vision of the Stars: An Analysis of Stars, Sacred Geometry, and Architecture in the Global Middle Ages’ and investigates the significance of star shapes in architectural structures across the medieval world.

Samuel Gerace’s academic focuses are Insular metalwork, Roman spoila, the cult of relics, and cultural translation between Rome and Insular art with attention placed in the performative aspects of religious artefacts. Samuel is currently on internship with the new Scottish History and Archeology Department in the National Museum Scotland, utilising the rich local resources in Edinburgh for his research. His MSc dissertation entitled, ‘”O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!”: Kingship, Royalty, and Salvation in the Pictish Collections of St. Andrews and St. Vigeans’  will examine concepts of royalty, kingship, and global exchange in these two collections. Samuel plans to continue his research at the University of Edinburgh in September 2012 when he starts his Phd entitled, ‘Moving Heaven on Earth: 6th-9th century Insular and Roman reliquaries and cultural exchanges’.

Ph. D. students

Katja Airaksinen, ‘Vision and Devotion: The Master of
Spencer 6 and Illumination in Bourges, c.1470-c.1520’

Bryony Coombs, ‘”Distantia Jungit”, Scots Patronage of the Visual Arts in France, c.1445 – c.1545’

Tasha Gefreh ‘Pictish Sculpture: Heresy and Belief’

Emily Goetsch ‘The Early Beatus Apocalypse’

Andrew Paterson, ‘The Fayyum portraits from Egypt and the origins of the icon’

MSc by Research students

Christine Daponte, Thresholds and Doorways: Church Architecture in Early Medieval Ireland