John Lowden

John Lowden, FBA


  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

1982 …2013

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Personal profile


After studying English as an undergraduate at Cambridge, John Lowden took the MA (1977) and PhD (1980) at The Courtauld. He had a temporary appointment in art history at St Andrews, before joining the academic staff of The Courtauld in 1982. He is active nationally and internationally as a member of scientific committees (Anjou Bible-Leuven), advisory boards (chair, Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, British Library), and as a supervisor of doctoral research. As director of the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts he seeks to facilitate and forward research in relevant areas. He is convenor of the Leuven-Lille-London study group, which has met annually since 1999.

The Making of the Bibles Moralisées, was awarded the 2002 Gruendler Prize for the best book in medieval studies. His Early Christian and Byzantine Art (now in its sixth impression) has been translated into French, Greek, Japanese and Korean. He has been a British Academy/ Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow (1992-93), and he gave the Grinfield Lectures in the University of Oxford (1996-98). He was co-investigator with Dr Scot McKendrick (British Library) on the AHRC-funded ‘ROYAL’ project (2008-2011), and director of the privately–funded Gothic Ivories Project at The Courtauld (2008-2015). He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, and Perspective: La revue de l’INHA. John was elected member of the Academia Europaea in 2006 and a fellow of the British Academy in 2013.

Research interests

  • Medieval Art
  • Medieval Ivories
  • Illuminated Manuscripts

Editorial and Advisory Boards

  • Member of Editoral board, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes



  • AHRC major award holder, jointly with Dept. of Manuscripts, British Library, for ROYAL exhibition, 3-year award


  • MA History of Art: Making and Meaning in the Art of the Middle Ages

PhD Students


  • Amanda Dotseth, ‘San Quirce de Burgos: Piety and Patrimony in the long Life of a Romanesque Church’
  • Emma Luker, ‘The Leiden Psalter’
  • Naomi Speakman, (jointly with British Museum) ‘Gothic Ivory Carvings of the British Museum: Interpretations, Forgeries and Collectors’
  • Miguel Ayres de Campos, ‘Thinking with a Medieval Picture Book’
  • Rachel Hapoienu, ‘Gens Barbara: Images in Twelfth and Thirteenth Century manuscripts of the Works of Gerald of Wales’

Recently completed

  • Jessica Barker, ‘Marriage and Funerary Monuments in Late Medieval England’ (2014)
  • Maria Grasso, ‘Imaging the Souls of the Blessed: Valenciennes, Bibliotheque Municipale, MS 500, Saint Amand, and the Parable of Dives and Lazarus, c. 835-1275.’ (2014)
  • Francesca Demarchi, ‘Book Illumination in Milan around the Year 1000: The Prayerbook of Arnulph II (London, British Library, MS. Egerton 3763) and Some Related Manuscripts’ (2014)
  • Anne-Marie Eze, (jointly with Dr Scot McKendrick, British Library—AHRC Collaborative Doctorate Award) (2010)
  • Renana Bartal, ‘Varied Visions: The Making of Three Fourteenth-Century English Apocalypse Manuscripts’ (Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2009)
  • Beatrice Radden Keefe, ‘Imagining Terence: Artistic Originality and Tradition in Four Illustrated Terence Manuscripts from the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries’ (2008)
  • Laura Cleaver, ‘Art and Education in Northern Europe, c. 900 – c. 1200’ (2008)
  • Maya Ahrens-Grossenbacher, ‘Le livre des Rois dans les Bibles moralisées et les vitraux de la Sainte-Chapelle’ (University of Geneva, 2007)
  • Hanna Vorholt, ‘Produktion und Transformation des Wissens am Beispiel des Liber Floridus. Mit einem Katalog der Handschriften’ (Humboldt University, Berlin, 2007)

Education/Academic qualification

The Courtauld Institute of Art

… → 1982

The Courtauld Institute of Art

… → 1977

Cambridge University


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