I’m Catherine Jamieson, a third year Art History student at St John’s College, Oxford. I’m especially interested in medieval art, particularly illuminated manuscripts, and I’m applying for a MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York.

I started this blog in 2017 when I was 17 and in the first year of sixth form studying Art History A Level. Although I was very lucky to be able to do this (my sixth form dropped it the year I left) I was so frustrated by the way we had to write about art – cool, precise, impersonal. I started this blog as a place where I could ramble about art to my heart’s content, as subjective and passionate as I liked.

At the moment I’m researching the 14thC carvings at Winchester Cathedral for my thesis on the medieval relationship to the natural world. My interest in this period was sparked by an amazing project I did in my first year, a close object study of a late medieval book of hours in the Bodleian. This little book was made for an ordinary laywoman, and turning its pages gave me that thrill of connection to an unnamed lady who lived 500 years ago. I love the vibrancy, intensity and immediacy of medieval art, and especially the way that high spirituality and raucous comedy can happily coexist.

You can contact me at catherinejamieson2000@gmail.com or through any of my socials. Feel free to give me feedback or comment on my posts!