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Bob McCarthy Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2008-2010

A digitisation and cataloguing project on wall painting images at The Courtauld Institute of Art’s Conway Library

Melena Hope

Thanks to generous financial support from Bob McCarthy, a wall painting project was completed by Dr. Melena Hope, the Bob McCarthy Post-Doctoral Fellow for 2008-2010, in collaboration with the Conway Library. The fellowship was devoted to a research and a digitisation project that catalogued over 4600 photographs, drawings, and newspaper and journal cuttings depicting wall paintings and other monumental decoration. This eclectic, but rich repository of visual sources covers a wide chronological and geographical span showcasing works especially from medieval Britain, but also including paintings dating from the 17th century BC up to the 18th century.

It is hoped that the digitisation of this fascinating collection will help bring a relatively neglected segment of the Conway holdings to a wider audience, while the enhanced cataloguing will make the imagery more useful to both scholars and the wider public.

The project will initially be made available through the an internal database. For further information contact the Courtauld's Head of Digital Media tom.bilson@courtauld.ac.uk

Author’s Biography

Melena Hope completed her PhD, entitled "Painted Domestic Chapels and Oratories in the Households of Fifteenth-Century France", at The Courtauld Institute of Art in January 2009. Since 2008 she has been the Bob McCarthy Post-Doctoral Fellow, working on the aforementioned wall painting project in collaboration with the Conway Library at The Courtauld. While her specific interests centre around religious wall paintings in domestic and other 'private' settings, she is more broadly interested in the function and audience of devotional art, the relationship between artworks of different media (especially the interplay between works of art and their architectural settings), and artistic culture in Northern Europe in the late fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She is a visiting lecturer at The Courtauld (since 2007) and the University of Kent, and has taught at Birkbeck College.

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