Dr Louise Bourdua
Associate Professor (Reader)
On research leave at the National Gallery of Art Washington (2013/14)
Tel: 024 761 50653
Email: l dot bourdua at warwick dot ac dot uk
University of Warwick
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Dr Louise Bourdua completed her BA at McGill University (Canada) before moving to London, where she took her MA in Medieval Studies from Westfield College (University of London) and PhD at Warwick University. She returned to her alma mater as Associate Professor (Reader) in 2007, having previously taught at the University of Aberdeen.
She has been appointed Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, for the academic year 2013-2014; http://www.nga.gov/casva/index.shtm. She was Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Visiting Professor at The Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence (second semester 2011) http://itatti.harvard.edu/, and the Academic Convenor of the Association of Art Historians 37th Annual Conference hosted by Warwick on 2-4 April 2011 http://www.aah.org.uk/
Dr Bourdua is a member of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the History of Art department's Art in Italy 1200 -1700: Research on Venice and Northern Italy research cluster.
Artistic patronage, religious orders and intersections between the Veneto and Northern Europe in the later middle ages and Renaissance.
Teaching and supervision
Modules taught include:
- Art in Venice and Northern Italy 1100-1600
- 'In the Footsteps of St Francis': Giotto, Assisi and the Art of the Friars
- The Altarpiece
- Italian City States
- Introduction to Art History: Classicism to Christianity
- Then and Now: Displaying the Renaissance (MA)
- Venice and its Legacy (MA Core Courses Autumn)
Current or recent supervision includes iconographic studies (such as the cult of the Magdalen in the pre-Alps, the Sybils in Flemish art, that of Bacchus and other mythological figures during the Renaissance), trecento studies (throughout Italy), aspects of patronage (in the diocese of Grosseto), and Venetian art (such as its visual culture following the Catholic Reformation, family portraits in the sixteenth century, puppetry in the early modern period, and the business of art under Napoleon).
- On research leave at the National Gallery of Art Washington for the academic year 2013/14.
- A Wider Trecento. Studies in 13th- and 14th- Century European Art Presented to Julian Gardner, edited with Robert Gibbs (Brill, 2012): includes ‘Some Pilgrimage Sources for Altichiero’, pp. 190-199.
- 'The Serenissima's Largesse to Paduans in the Early Fifteenth Century', in L'iconografia della solidarieta, eds M. G. Muzzarelli and M. Carboni (Marsilio, 2012) pp. 59-66.
- 'The Arts in Florence after the Black Death’ in Florence, ed. Francis Ames-Lewis (Cambridge, 2012) pp. 70-118.
- '"Master" Plans of Devotion or Daily Pragmatism? The Dedication and Use of Chapels and Conventual Spaces by the Friars and the Laity at the Santo 1263-1310', Il Santo, LI (2011) pp. 1-20.
- ‘Exports to Padua Trecento style: Altichiero’s Roman legacy’, in Rome Across Time and Space. Cultural Transmission and the Exchange of Ideas c. 500–1400, eds. Claudia Bolgia, Rosamond McKitterick and John Osborne (Cambridge University Press, 2011) pp. 291-302.
- 'Time-Keeping in Fourteenth-Century Venetian Sculpture: Andriolo de Santi's Absenteeism', The Sculpture Journal, 19.1 (2010) pp. 102-107.
- 'Pellegrini, santi, artisti. Per un'iconografia del viaggio in veneto nel tardo medioevo', in Il viaggio e le arti: il contesto italiano, eds L. Bertolini and A. Cipollone (Alessandria, 2009) pp. 193-201.
- 'Religious Orders and Their Fresco Cycles in the Later Middle Ages', in Le immagini del francescanesimo. Atti del XXXVI Convegno internazionale Assisi, 9-11 ottobre 2008 (Spoleto, 2009) pp. 195-216.
- Art and the Augustinian Order in Early Renaissance Italy, edited with Anne Dunlop (Ashgate, 2007): includes 'Entombing the Founder St Augustine of Hippo', pp. 29-50.
- The Franciscans and Art Patronage in Late Medieval Italy, Cambridge University Press, 2004; paperback edn. 2011.
- PhD (Warwick)
- MA (London)
- BA (McGill)