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Dr Mellie Naydenova-Slade

Associate Lecturer

Dr Mellie Naydenova-Slade received her BA from the University of Cambridge and her Masters and PhD from the Courtauld Institute. Her thesis, completed in 2008 and supervised by Prof. Paul Crossley and Prof. David Park, examined the iconography of the Holy Kinship – the extended family of Christ – in English medieval art from the 12th to the 16th century. She has taught widely on the art and architecture of the Middle Ages at institutions including the Courtauld, Birkbeck College, the University of Kent and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is currently completing a book based on her doctoral thesis.


  • BA1 Topic course: Patronage Making and Meaning: The Gothic Image in England, c. 1200-1530
  • CGDHA Period course: Image Making and the Medieval Imagination: Gothic Art in Northern Europe, c. 1200-1500

Research interests

  • The iconography of apocryphal subjects
  • The relationship between text and image
  • English medieval wall paintings
  • The art of the parish church
  • Invention and elaboration in visual narrative

Recent publications

  • ‘A ‘bodi ful of woundis’: The Fifteenth-Century Mural at St Anne’s Charterhouse, Coventry’ in L. A. Monckton and R. K. Morris (eds), Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology in Coventry and its Vicinity, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, 33 (2011), 267-85
  • ‘Late Medieval Holy Kinship Images and Family Commemoration: the Evidence from Thornhill, West Yorkshire and Latton, Essex’ in C. M. Barron and C. Burgess (eds), Memory and Commemoration in Medieval England, Proceedings of the 2008 Harlaxton Symposium (Donington, 2010), 218-33
  • ‘The Earliest Holy Kinship Image, the Salomite Controversy, and a Little-Known Centre of Learning in Northern England in the Twelfth Century’ (with D. Park), Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, LXXI (2008), 95-119
  •  ‘Public and Private: The Late Medieval Wall Paintings of Haddon Hall Chapel, Derbyshire’, Antiquaries Journal, 86 (2006), 179-205

Recent grants

  • 2011: Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the preparation of a monograph

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