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Dr Stella Panayotova

Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books

Stella Panayotova has an MA in Classics from the University of Sofia (1990) and a DPhil in medieval history from the University of Oxford (1998). She has been Keeper of Manuscripts and Printed Books at the Fitzwilliam Museum since 2000, and Director of the Cambridge Illuminations research project (since Oct. 2004) and of the MINIARE research project (since Oct. 2011).

 

Research Interests

My research encompasses manuscripts made between the 8th and 16th centuries in Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, France and England. My interests include historic and scientific evidence for manuscript production and use; the transmission of ideas from Antiquity to the Renaissance; cultural exchanges between the Latin, Byzantine and Islamic traditions; and modern interpretations of medieval and Renaissance art. I am the principal investigator in two research projects embracing the special collections of 30 Cambridge institutions.

 

Recent/Major Publications

Monographs

The Fitzwilliam Book of Hours, facsimile with commentary, London: The Folio Society, 2009, 514 pp.

The Macclesfield Psalter, facsimile with commentary, London: Thames & Hudson, 2008, 352 pp.

I Turned It into a Palace: Sydney Cockerell and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge: The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2008, 217 pp.

Sole edited volumes

Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2016, 420 pp.

Art, Academia, and the Trade: Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962), Cambridge Bibliographical Society Monograph Series no. 16, Cambridge: Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 2010, 120 pp.

The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007, 334 pp.

Co-edited volumes

A Catalogue of Western Book Illumination in the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Cambridge Colleges, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols:

Part One. Vol. 1: The Frankish Kingdoms, Northern Netherlands, Germany,  Bohemia, Hungary

Part Two. Vols. 1-2: Italy and the Iberian Peninsula,

Part Four. The British Isles. Vol. 1: Insular and Anglo-Saxon Manuscriptsc.700-c.1100,

Part Three. France. Vol. 1: France, c.1000-c.1250,

A Catalogue of Western Illuminated and Decorated Manuscripts at the Cambridge University Library, co-authored with P. Zutshi and P. Binski, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 506 pp.

Private Pleasures: Illuminated Manuscripts from Persia to Paris. The Collection of Denys Spittle, co-ed. with J.H. Marrow, K. Sutton and C. van Ruymbeke, Cambridge: The Fitzwilliam Museum, 2007, 77 pp.

The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Production in the Medieval West, co-ed. with P. Binski, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2005, 415 pp.

Sole-authored papers and contributions to catalogues, collected essays and conference volumes

‘Colour in Illuminated Manuscripts’, in Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2016, 15-23

‘Colour Theory, Optics and Manuscript Illumination’, in Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2016, 304-315

Catalogue entries in Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2016, 24-25, 40-56, 66-67, 98-100, 115-117, 136-161, 176-185, 190-191, 210-211, 214-215, 238-240, 244-245268-269, 280-303, 316-343

‘Il trionfo del colore: duecento anni di miniatura à Cambridge’, Alumina 54 (2016), 24-31

‘The Rohan Masters: Collaboration and Experimentation in the Hours of Isabella Stuart’, in Manuscripta Illuminata: Approaches to Understanding Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, ed. C. Hourihane, Princeton: Princeton University Press and Penn State University Press, 2014, pp. 14-46

‘An Ancient Manual for Renaissance Rulers, in Emprynted in thys manere: Early Printed Treasures from Cambridge University Library, ed. E. Potten and E. Dourish, Cambridge: Cambridge University Library, 2014, pp. 24-27

‘A Scholar’s Dream Come True’ and ‘On the Shelf in a Medici Library’ in The Library Treasures of St John’s College, Cambridge, ed. M. Nicholls and K. McKee, London: Third Millenium Publishing, 2014, 24-25, pp. 58-61

‘Cristoforo Cortese in Cambridge’, in Miniatura. Lo sguardo e la parola: Studi in onore di Giordana Mariani Canova, ed. F. Toniolo and G. Toscano, Milan: Sylvana Editoriale, 2012, pp. 186-190

‘Kodikologie’ and ‘Provenienz’, in Die Fibel der Claude de France = The Primer of Claude de France, facsimile edition with commentary volume by R.S. Wieck, C.J. Brown and E. König, Luzern: Quaternio Verlag, 2012, 67-68, with English translation on pp. 165-166

Catalogue entries in Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination 1300-1350, ed. C. Sciacca, Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2012, pp. 240-241, 252-253, 268-272

‘The Illustrated Psalter: Luxury and Practical Use’, in The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages: Production, Reception, and Performance in Western Christianity, ed. S. Boynton and D.J. Reilly, New York: Columbia University Press, 2011, pp. 247-271

‘Cataloguing Manuscripts in Cambridge: Aims, Challenges and Discoveries’, in La catalogazione dei manoscritti miniati come strumento di conoscenza: Esperienze, metodologia, prospettive, Atti del Convegno internazionale di studi, Viterbo, 4-5 marzo 2009, ed. S. Maddalo and M. Torquati, Rome: Istituto storico italiano per il medio evo, 2010, pp. 67-74

‘St Cockerellius: the Director-Collector’, in Art, Academia, and the Trade: Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962), ed. S. Panayotova, Cambridge Bibliographical Society Monograph Series no. 16, Cambridge: Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 2010, 387-429

‘Cockerell and Riches’, in The Medieval Book: Glosses from Friends and Colleagues of Christopher de Hamel, ed. J.H. Marrow, R. Linenthal and W. Noel, Houten: Hes and De Graaf, 2010, pp. 377-386

‘The Macclesfield Psalter’, in The History of British Art, Vol. I:  600–1600, ed. T. Ayers, Yale: Yale Center for British Art and London: Tate Publishing, 2009, pp. 228-229

‘New Miniatures by Pacino di Bonaguida in Cambridge’, The Burlington Magazine 151 (2009), pp. 144-148

Catalogue entries in The Medieval Imagination: Illuminated Manuscripts from Cambridge, Australia and New Zealand, ed. B. Stocks and N. Morgan, Melbourne: Macmillan, 2008, pp. 62-65, 104-105, 108-113, 240-241, 250-251, 254-255, 260-263

‘From Toronto to Cambridge: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Lord Lee of Fareham’, in University of Toronto Quarterly 77/2 (2008), 673-710; repr. in Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 13/2 (2005, published in 2008), pp. 187-220

‘Guillaume de Deguileville’s Pélerinage de l’ame at the Fitzwilliam Museum’, Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 13/2 (2005, published in 2008), 221-230

‘I Would be Only Too Happy to Collaborate: François Avril on Cambridge Manuscripts’, in Quand la peinture était dans les livres: Mélanges en l’honneur de François Avril, ed. M. Hofmann and C. Zöhl, Turnhout: Brepols, 2007, pp. 247-258

‘Tutorial with Slides for Thomas Becket’, in The Cambridge Illuminations: The Conference Papers, ed. S. Panayotova, Turnhout and London: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2007, pp. 77-86

‘Art and Politics in a Royal Prayer Book’, The Bodleian Library Record 18/5 (April 2005), pp. 440-459

‘A Ruskinian Project with a Cockerellian Flavour’, The Book Collector 54/3 (autumn 2005), pp. 357-374

‘Il Visconte Illuminato: I Codici del Fitzwilliam Museum’, Alumina 12 (2005), 32-41

Catalogue entries in The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Production in the Medieval West, ed. P. Binski and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Hravey Miller/Brepols, 2005, 92-94, 147-152, 156-161, 176-180, 187-188, 213-217, 221-231244-245, 271-272, 287-294, 334-351, 354-361

‘Peter of Poitiers’ Compendium in Genealogia Christi: the Early English Copies’, in Belief and Culture in the Middle Ages:  Studies Presented to Henry Mayr-Harting, ed. R. Gameson and H. Leyser, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001, pp. 327-342

‘Cuttings from an Unknown Copy of the Magna Glossatura in a Wycliffite Bible British Library, Arundel MS 104’, The British Library Journal 25/1 (1999), pp. 85-100

Co-authored papers and contributions to catalogues, collected essays and conference volumes

‘Painted on Parchment: A Holistic, Non-invasive Approach to the Technical Study of Manuscripts’, co-authored with Paola Ricciardi, in Advances in the Non-Invasive Analysis of Painted Surfaces: Applications to Conservation, ed. A. Nevin and T. Doherty, Washington DC, 2016, 25-36

‘Masters’ Secrets’, co-authored with P. Ricciardi, in Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2016, 118-135

‘From Vandalism to Reconstruction’, co-authored with E. Cheese, R. Honold, Marie D’Autun, P. Ricciardi and C.-B. Schönlieb, in Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2016, 163-175

‘Making an Illuminated Manuscript’, co-authored with T. Webber, in The Cambridge Illuminations: Ten Centuries of Manuscript Production in the Medieval West, ed. P. Binski and S. Panayotova, London and Turnhout: Hravey Miller/Brepols, 2005, 23-36

Digital publications

ILLUMINATED: manuscripts in the making, research and teaching resource, 2016 http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/illuminated)

‘Manuscript illumination c.1066 - c.1538’, in English Cathedrals and Monasteries Through the Centuries: History, Community, Worship, Art, Architecture, Music, ed. D. Dyas, interactive DVD-ROM published by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, University of York, 2013

Critical editions with translation and commentary

Gregory of Tours, Libri Miraculorum, Sofia: University Press, 1994

Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, Sofia: University Press, 1993

Tertullian, Apologia, Sofia: University Press, 1992

 

Reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, The Book Collector, The English Historical Review and others