Danse Macabre

Detail of the Danse Macabre, 15th century, Abbey of La Chaise Dieu (Haute-Loire), France (photo: Conway Library)  


Project coordinated by Dr Melena Hope

Thanks to generous financial support from Bob McCarthy, a wall painting project has recently been launched by Dr. Melena Hope, the Bob McCarthy Post-Doctoral Fellow for 2008-2010, in collaboration with the Conway Library.  Part of the fellowship is devoted to a research and digitisation project aiming to catalogue over 4,000 photographs, drawings, as well as 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 other northern European countries, and including paintings dating 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 addition of vital data and enhanced cataloguing will make the imagery more useful to both scholars and the wider public. 


The intention is to make images available by Summer 2010.  Updates on the progress of the project, and links to online images, will be available from the following website: http://www.artandarchitecture.org.uk/insight/hope_wallpaintings.html 


For further information contact: melena.hope@courtauld.ac.uk