Projects per year
- Religious devotional practice, especially in relation to visual and aural culture
- Relationships between liturgy, devotion and visual culture
- Late Medieval Italian and English visual and material culture
- Forms and functions of religious imagery
- Materiality and media; Sensory and bodily experience
From September 2020 Prof. Williamson will be engaged in a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship on English late medieval devotional culture, entitled 'Describing Devotion'.
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Career and Training
Beth Williamson studied at Merton College, Oxford (History), and then at the Courtauld Institute in London (MA, History of Art; PhD, History of Art). Before joining the University of Bristol in 1998 she taught at a number of institutions, including the Courtauld Institute, University College, London, and the University of East Anglia.
Recent and forthcoming monographs and articles have focussed on Italian visual culture: The Madonna of Humility: development, dissemination and reception (2009) explores the iconography and development of the image of the Virgin seated on the ground, the assimilation and translation of the image between different cultural milieux, and its function and reception. Reliquary Tabernacles in Late Medieval Italy: Image, Relic, and Material Culture (2020) is a study of a group of tabernacles from fourteenth-century Italy which combined images and relics in a novel way, with a variety of media and materials working together to create a new type of devotional image.
Other publications (including an article 'Sensory Experience in Medieval Devotion: Sound and Vision, Invisibility and Silence'), have explored issues around interiority, and materiality and immateriality of images, visibility and invisibility, audible and inaudible music.
Beth Williamson is interested in supervising students undertaking research in any of the areas listed above, and in later medieval art and architecture more generally. Currently she supervises students working particularly on the relationships between visual and aural culture.
Prof. Williamson teaches across the full range of BA, MA and postgraduate research programmes. She teaches specialist units on religious visual culture, often including materials and methodologies from musicology and sound studies. Special units include: 'Early Italian Art', 'Northern Renaissance Art', and 'Spectacle and Ceremony'. More general medieval teaching includes: 'Introduction to Medieval Art' and 'Art at the Courts of Europe'. She also contributes to 'Histories and Theories of Art', 'Research Issues in Art History', and 'Histories, Theories and Critical Interpretations of Art'.
1/05/15 → 31/07/16
Research Output per year
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal)
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Activities per year
Beth A Williamson (Keynote/plenary speaker)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk