Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral has become a significant place for me, as I’m researching my third-year dissertation on the carvings in the quire.  I knew I wanted to write my thesis on the natural world in Gothic art, and the Winchester carvings perfectly fitted my project. When I visited this summer, it was the first time I [...]

‘Medieval Bodies’ by Jack Hartnell

‘Medieval Bodies’ by Jack Hartnell

I was lured into reading this book by the extraordinary cover art: a giant monochrome human figure raises their head to reveal the anatomical structure beneath their skin. These scientifically rendered innards have been overlaid with brightly coloured demons, angels, strange creatures and abstract forms from the margins of manuscripts. The cover art encompasses the [...]

Lindisfarne

Lindisfarne

A tiny windswept island off the coast of Northumberland was once one of the greatest centres of art, learning and religion in Christendom. Lindisfarne was the home of saints and the victim of Vikings; it was the cradle of the greatest Anglo-Saxon art, and the destination for thousands of pilgrims down the centuries. Lindisfarne is [...]