Susie Nash

Susie Nash


Former affiliations
  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

1995 …2024

Research activity per year

Personal profile


Susie Nash came to The Courtauld in 1993 and has taught here on the art of northern Europe in the late medieval and renaissance period ever since. Susie has worked and published on illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, textiles, metalwork and panel painting from across northern Europe, including Spain. She is interested in how art was made, used and viewed, in the value and meaning of materials and their colour, combining evidence from primary archival and theological sources, with the physical and technical examination of the work itself. Current research projects include the production, purpose and status of inventories at the french courts c. 1360-1500; sculptural processes and practices, especially polychromy, and photography of sculpture; art produced for the courts of France c. 1400 especially for the Duke of Burgundy in Dijon at the Chartreuse de Champmol; Claus Sluter, Jean Malouel and the Early Netherlandish painter the Master of Flémalle.

Research interests

  • Late medieval art of all media in Northern Europe and Spain c. 1350-1500
  • Materials, their supply, trade, cost, properties and meaning
  • Imagery, agency, and the making of meaning in religious works
  • Sculptural polychromy
  • lnventories from the French courts c. 1370-1420
  • Technical art history
  • The visual historiography of Art History


  • AHRB award for doctoral research 1986-89 
  • CNRS and British Institute in Paris major awards 1990-91 
  • AHRC Research Leave Scheme, for one term’s leave to match sabbatical leave. To complete OUP book Northern Renaissance Art, 2004-2005
  • Central Research Fund award for travel, 2005 
  • Leverhulme major research Fellowship 2016-2018 for project ‘Making Lists: Inventories and Objects at the Courts of France

Other Ongoing Activities

  • Head of Research Degrees Programme at the Courtauld
  • Courtauld representative on the Consortium of the Humanities and the Arts South-east England (CHASE)  Management Board
  • Trustee of the Caroline Villers fellowship
  • Member of the International Advisory Board for the Department of Conservation and Technology
  • External examiner for the BA in Art History at the University of York and the MA in Art History  at the University of East Anglia
  • External Examiner for PhDs at universities in the UK, Europe and the US.


  • Appearance on BBC 1 programmeSecret Life of an Easter Masterpiece, on Rogier van der Weyden’s Descent from the Cross, 2010 
  • Main contributor to Open University DVD on the Seilern Triptych. 
  • Appearance on BBC 1 programmeSecret Life of a Christmas MasterpieceJan Van Eyck’s Washington Annunciation, 2006 
  • Interviewed for Radio 2 programme on Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. 
  • Two appearances on Radio 4’s Front Row, 2003, discussing the Bosch and Breugel show at the National Gallery, and Illuminating the Renaissance at the Royal Academy

PhD Students


  • Emma Capron, ‘Patronage, Function and Reception of Paintings in Fifteenth-Century Avignon’
  • Lydia Hansell, ‘Patronage of a Prelate: Artistic Provisions for the Religious Foundations of Cardinal Jean Rolin (1408-1483)’
  • Harriette Peel, ‘The Image of the Child in Late-Medieval Flanders’
  • Rosamund Garrett, ‘Faire and Goodly Hangings: The Life of Christ and the Virgin Tapestry at Canterbury Cathedral’
  • Anna Koopstra, ‘Inventing Realities, Picturing Salvation: Making, Meaning And Patronage Of The Paintings Of Jean Bellegambe (C.1470-1535/36’
  • Emily Pegues, ‘Jan Borreman and Sculptural Practice in the Burgundian Netherlands c. 1479-1520’
  • Ann Adams, ‘Spiritual Provision and Temporal Affirmation: Tombs of the Chevaliers de la Toison d’Or from Philip the Good to Philip the Fair’

Recently completed

  • Nicola Jennings, ‘The Chapel of Contador Saldaña at Santa Clara de Tordesillas: New proposals about the chapel and its role in the fashioning of identity by an early fifteenth-century court converso’, 2015
  • Douglas Brine, ‘Piety and Purgatory, Wall mounted memorials from the Southern Netherlands’, 2006
  • Melena Hope, ‘Painted Chapels and Oratories in the Households of Fifteenth Century France’, 2009
  • Mayumi Ikeda, ‘The Fust Master: Illuminator of the First Mainz Presses’ 2010
  • Samantha Darell, ‘Mother of Pearl Carving In Europe’, c. 1350-1500. 2013
  • Susie Green ‘The iconography of the Tree of Jesse in Northern Europe c. 1400-1550’, 2014

Education/Academic qualification

'Manuscript Illumination in Amiens 1400-1480', University of Reading

… → 1993

University of Reading

… → 1986

External positions

University College, London




University of Reading



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