Darrelyn Gunzburg

Darrelyn Gunzburg has a PhD in History of Art (2014) from the University of Bristol and a BA Hons (Open) (2006) from the Open University. As well as teaching for the Department of History of Art at the University of Bristol, she is also a tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astronomy (University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK).

Research

Her research interests lie in the art historical and visual astronomical exploration of frescos and sculpture in medieval Italy, and medieval Italian building alignments, as well as how, in contemporary western astrology, meaning is derived from natal horoscopes. She has also written extensively for The Art Book (Wiley-Blackwell) and Cassone: The International Online Magazine of Art and Art Books.

Publications

Edited Volumes

Gunzburg, Darrelyn (commissioning ed.) The Imagined Sky: cultural perspectives, Equinox Publishing. Includes: Introduction and ‘Giotto's Sky: The fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy.’ (forthcoming 2015)

Papers in refereed journals and edited collections

‘Giotto's Sky: The fresco paintings of the first floor Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7, no. 4 (2013): 407-433.

‘The Perugia Fountain: An Encyclopaedia of Sky, Culture and Society’, in Sky and Symbol, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 103-118. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, 2013.

‘How Do Astrologers Read Charts?’, in Astrologies: Plurality and Diversity, edited by Nicholas Campion and Liz Greene, 181-200. Ceredigion: Sophia Centre Press, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, 2011.

‘Looking Back: The Transgression of Social Codes Explored through the Direct Gaze in Fra Angelico’s San Marco Altarpiece When Compared with Madonna and Child with Eight Saints’, St Andrews Journal of Art History and Museum Studies 14 (2010), 31-44.

Conferences

Co-organizer (together with Prof. Elizabeth Archibald, Durham University, and Prof. Evelyn Birge Vitz, New York University): Special Session - Astrology and Medieval Literature, 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 14-17 May, 2015.

'The Sky on the Wall: An investigation into the celestial images of the Salone in Padua’, The Materiality of the Sky, SEAC (International Conference of the European Society forAstronomy in Culture), University of Malta, Valletta Campus, Old University Building,21-27 September 2014, Malta.

'Reading the horoscope, Becoming the Other’ in the panel: ‘Contemporary Astrologers: defining cutting edges from the inside’ - ‘Religion, art and performance’ and ‘the cutting edge, BASR annual conference, The Open University, UK, 3-5 September 2014.

'An astrological building and its painted scheme: the Salone of the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’, Astrology and its Objects in the Middle Ages, 49thInternational Congress on MedievalStudies, Kalamazoo Michigan, 8-11 May 2014.

'The Representation of Celestial Images in the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’, Astrology in the Near East, ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies (The Oriental Institute, Oxford University, 23-25 April 2014.

'The Representation of Celestial Images in the Palazzo della Ragione, Padua, Italy’, Celestial Bodies and their Orbit in Art, 39th AAH Conference, University of Reading, UK, 11-13 April, 2013.

'Celestial Orientations of Secular Buildings’, Ancient Cosmologies and Modern Prophets, SEAC (International Conference of the European Society for Astronomy in Culture), City Museum of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23-29 September 2012.

'The Language of Giotto’s Sky’, Starcræft: Watching the heavens in the early middle ages, UCL Early Medieval Interdisciplinary Conference Series, UCL Institute of Archaeology, London, UK, 30 June –1 July 2012.

Conference Co-convenor

Heavenly Discourses, Myth, Astronomy and Culture Conference, The University of Bristol, UK: 14-16 October, 2011.

Imagining Astrology: Painted Schemes and Threads of the Soul Conference, University of Bristol, UK: July, 2010.

Exhibition Curator

Visions of Heaven - Adjunct exhibition to the Heavenly Discourses conference featuring David Malin’s pioneering astrophotography from when he was employed by the Australian-Anglo Observatory (1975–2001), October 2011 – April 2012, Bristol Gallery, Bristol.

Part-time teacher

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