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Name Dr Beth Williamson
Job title Reader in History of Art
Department Department of History of Art (Historical Studies) University of Bristol
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Qualifications BA(Oxon), MA, PhD(Lond)
Professional details
Keywords Medieval art
Medieval architecture
Virgin Mary
iconography
Marian liturgy
saints
sanctity
devotional imagery
Areas of expertise I have published on Italian painting of the fourteenth and fifteenth-centuries, and on Netherlandish painting of the fifteenth-century, with particular interests in images of the Virgin Mary, and in altarpieces.

My research has focused mainly on the iconography, function and reception of artworks and cultural artefacts, and on the relationships between liturgy, devotion and visual culture.

I have a continuing interest in issues relating to the body including: the bodies of the Virgin Mary and of Christ; attitudes towards, and treatment of, the human bodies of saints; the ways in which clerics, worshippers, pilgrims and others use their own bodies in the performance of religious and devotional activity. My latest book, The Madonna of Humility: development, dissemination and reception, 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.