I have a PhD in History of Art (2014) from the University of Bristol, a BA Hons (Open) (2006) from the Open University, and a Diploma in Directing (1985) from NIDA, Sydney, Australia.
From Oct 2010– Jan 2015 I taught for the Department of History of Art at the University of Bristol. Since 2009 I have taught for the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
My research interests are in the art historical and visual astronomical exploration of frescos in medieval Italy, medieval Italian building alignments, as well as how, in contemporary western astrology, meaning is derived from natal horoscopes.
‘Building Paradise on the Hill of Hell in Assisi: Mountain as Reliquary’ in Space, Place and Religious Landscapes: Living Mountains, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg and Bernadette Brady, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
‘The Summer Triangle and the Stymphalian Birds’, in The Talking Sky, edited by Bernadette Brady and Darrelyn Gunzburg, Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.
‘Time Pursued by a Bear: Ursa Major and Stellar Time-Telling in the Paduan Salone.’ In Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens, edited by Liz Henty and Daniel Brown, 158-176. London and New York: Routledge.
‘Reflecting on Mary: the Splendor of the Madonna in the Lower Church of Assisi.’ In Medieval Franciscan Approaches to the Virgin Mary: Mater Misericordiae, Sanctissima et Doloros a, edited by Steven J. McMichael and Katie Wrisly Shelby. The Medieval Franciscans, 302-334. Leiden; Boston: Brill.
‘The Horoscopic Place: The Encounter between Astrologer and Client.’ Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture 13, no. 1 (2019): 44-60.
‘Al-Qabisi.’ In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns, 17-19. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
‘Art.’ In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns, 27-33. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
‘Medieval European Astrology.’ In Astrology through History: Interpreting the Stars from Ancient Mesopotamia to the Present, edited by William E. Burns, 218-222. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
‘The Reception of Islamic Astrology in the Images of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies 29 – Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient Near East; Astrology In The Ancient Near East; The River Jordan, no. 1 & 2 (2017): 177-194.
‘The Orientation of Cistercian Churches in Wales: A Cultural Astronomy Case Study.’ Cîteaux – Commentarii cistercienses 67, no. 3-4 (2016): 275-302. Co-authored with B.Brady and F. Silva.
‘Giotto’s Sky: The Fresco Paintings of the First Floor Salone of the Palazzo Della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ In The Imagined Sky: Cultural Perspectives, edited by Darrelyn Gunzburg. 87-113. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing.
‘Giotto’s Sky: The fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4 (2013): 407-433.
‘The Perugia Fountain: An Encyclopaedia of Sky, Culture and Society’. In Sky and Symbol, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 103-118. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
‘How Do Astrologers Read Charts?’ In Astrologies: Plurality and Diversity, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 181-200. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David.
‘Looking Back: The Transgression of Social Codes Explored through the Direct Gaze in Fra Angelico’s San Marco Altarpiece When Compared with Madonna and Child with Eight Saints’. St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies 14 (2010), 31-44.
History of Art
History of art – published articles
- ‘Ben Uri – from Chagall to Soutine’, Cassone, May. (2012)
- ‘Nine Warhols Waiting…’ Cassone, (2011)
- ‘Chagall’s ‘Lost’ Masterpiece’. The Art Book,17, no.4 , 43-44. (2010)
- ‘Philip Jackson – the Body Language of Sculpture’. The Art Book,17, no.3 15-17. (2010)
- ‘J.W.Waterhouse – the Modern Pre-Raphaelite’. The Art Book,17, no.2, 70-72. (2010)
- ‘Banking on Art in Istanbul’. The Art Book,16, no. 4, 70-71, 2009. (2009)
- ‘Collecting a Vision: Henry Clay Frick and the Frick Collection, New York’. The Art Book,16, no.3, 19-21. (2009)
- ‘Niki De Saint Phalle’s Magic Circle’. The Art Book,16, no.3, 16-18. (2009)
- ‘Le Violon Bleu: A Tune of a Different Colour’. The Art Book,16, no.1, 83-84. (2009)
- ‘Ben Uri: Hidden and Homeless’. The Art Book,15, no. 4, 30-31. (2008)
- ‘Going Dutch in New York’. The Art Book,15, no.3, 61-62. (2008)
- ‘Two Saints – Home at Last’. The Art Book,15, no.1, 27-28. (2008)
History of art – book reviews
- ‘Jewish Artists and The Bible in Twentieth-Century America’ by Samantha Baskind. Cassone, (2015)
- ‘An Art Lover’s Guide to Florence’ by Judith Testa. Cassone, (2013)
- ‘A Laboratory for Art: Harvard’s Fog Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America 1900-1950’ by Francesca G. Bewer. Cassone, May. (2012)
- ‘The Art of Life’ by Sabin Howard and Traci L. Slatton. Cassone, May, 2012. (2012)
- Courts and Courtly Arts in Renaissance Italy: Art, Culture and Politics, 1395-1530’ by Marco Folin (ed.). Cassone, (2011)
- ‘Art and Artifact: The Museum as Medium, Rev. Edition by James Puttnam.’ The Art Book, 17, no. 4: 56-57. (2010)
- ‘Dialogues in Art History, from Mesopotamian to Modern’ by Elizabeth Cropper (ed.).’ The Art Book,17, no. 4: 35-36. (2010)
- ‘Duccio to Leonardo: Italian Painting 1250 -1500’ by Simona De Nepi.’ The Art Book,17, no. 4:27-28. (2010)
- ‘Duccio and the Origins of Western Painting’ by Keith Christiansen.’ The Art Book,Vol, 17, no. 3:38-39. (2010)
History of art – exhibition reviews
- Uri: Migrating from Chaos to London’, Somerset House, London, Cassone, September. (2015)
- ‘Clean Slate’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK. Cassone, September. (2012)
- ‘The wandering artist – a Polish exile in Britain: Josef Herman: Warsaw, Brussels. Glasgow, London, 1938–1944’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK. Cassone, June. (2012)
- The Refurbished Renaissance Galleries at the Welsh National Museum of Art, Bulletin of the Society for Renaissance Studies, XXIX, 1:3-5, April. (2012)
- ‘Andy Warhol: The execution of a dream’, Os Mistérios Da Arte Exhibition: Andy Warhol and Pietro Psaier, Evora, Portugal. Cassone, December. (2011)
- ‘Andy Warhol’s Jewish Minyan’ – Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century Exhibition: The Coach House at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, UK. Cassone, (2011)