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  • Senior Lecturer in Art History
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Art History
  • k.w.woods

Professional biography

BA Hons History (York), PhD Art History (Courtauld, London) FSA

Kim W. Woods graduated from the University of York in 1979 with a BA Hons in history. After a two year conversion MPhil in art history at the Courtauld Institute, University of London she did a PhD entitled ’Netherlandish Carved Wooden Altarpieces of the 15th and early 16th centuries in Britain’,  submitted in 1988. She then combined parenthood with working as a free-lance lecturer and Open University tutor. She joined the art history department at Walton Hall on a part-time basis in 1999, andsubsequently became a full time member of staff. She became a senior lecturer in 2008 and has served as Associate Dean for Curriculum 2013-2015.

Research interests

Her specialist area of research is northern European late Gothic sculpture c.1330-c.1550. She began as a Netherlandish specialist but has expanded this geography to include, in particular, Spain and England. She combines an object-based approach with a keen interest in materials and cultural exchange. Her PhD thesis and her first single-authored book, Imported Images (Donington, 2007), concentrated on wood sculpture. Since then she has been working on alabaster sculpture and has recently submitted her latest book, Cut in Alabaster, to Brepols. Among her articles are studies on the Master of Hakendover (1999, Oud Holland), the Master of Rimini (2012, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek), the Mercer’s Christ (2007, R Marks ed., Late Gothic England: art and display, Paul Watkins Publishing), Byzantine art and artists in the West (2012, R Duits and A.Lymberopoulou eds., Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe, Ashgate), and the Master of Elsloo (2014, F. Peters, C. Ceulemans (eds.), A Masterly Hand, Scientia Artis, 9). She also edited and contributed to the Open University Renaissance Art Reconsidered volumes (Yale, 2007) and the first volume of the Art and Visual Culture series, Medieval to Renaissance (Tate publishing, 2012). In her Open University distance learning materials she has ranged from Benin to Pugin. She particularly welcomes PhD applicants wishing to pursue a northern European topic c.1350-c.1550, including sculpture.

Other academic activities

Invited to present a paper on Kneeling Effigies at the Robert H.Smith conference International connections: Renaissance sculptors and their impact abroad , Victoria and Albert Museum, March 2015.

Invited lecture on Late Gothic alabaster sculpture at the Bruges Groningen Museum Dec 2014.

Invited to present a paper on alabaster sculpture at the symposium on English alabasters at Warwick University Sept 2014.

Selected to give a paper on alabaster tombs at the Harlaxton Medieval conference the Plantagenet Empire July 2014

Invited to present a paper on materials at the conference ‘Fifty years after Panofsky’s Tomb Sculpture.  New approaches, new perspectives, new material’  held at the Courtauld Institute June 2014

Invited to give a paper at the conference convened by the University of Kent marking the 600th anniversary of the death of Henry IV, April 2013.

April 2012, invited to give paper at conference SPAD/ICOM (Sculpture, polychromy and architectural decoration group of the International Committee of Museums.                          

Invited to give paper at conference in honour of Lorne Campbell Dec 2011.

Invited to give paper at Master of Elsloo conference KIK-IRPA, Brussels October 2011.

Selected to give a paper at conference convened at York University on Constructing memory in medieval Iberia, July 2011

Invited to give paper at conference Major to Minor at Princeton University, USA, March 2011.

Invited to give a keynote lecture at research day on Master of Elsloo at KIK-IRPA, Brussels, 7 May 2010.

Presented a conference paper at the conference celebrating the opening of the new Renaissance galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 18-20 February 2010.

Presented a conference paper at the annual conference of the Historians of Netherlandish Art, Amsterdam, 27-29 May 2010

Gave a paper for the Research Forum of the Courtauld Institute of Art, 2008.

Presented a paper at the conference accompanying the 2004-5 V & A/Henry Moore exhibition Depth of Field (March 2005).

Contributed to the catalogue of the exhibition: Gothic Glory, Art in England c.1400-1547 held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in October 2003, and gave a paper at the three day conference accompanying the exhibition (Autumn 2003; see publications).

Gave a paper at a symposium on Constructing Wooden Images held in October 2002 at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, and was a member of the experts committee organizing the event. (See publications)

Presented a paper at colloqium Retables brabançons des XVe et XVIe siècles held at the Louvre 18-19 May 2001. (see publications)

Selected Publications

Books

Imported images, (Donington 2007)

 Kim W. Woods ed.: Art and Visual Culture: Medieval and Renaissance (TatePublishing 2012). ISBN 978 1 84976 093 5

K.W.Woods, C.M.Richardson and A.Lymberopoulou eds, Viewing Renaissance Art, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 2007)
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Carol M. Richardson, Kim W. Woods and Michael W. Franklin, eds, Renaissance Art Reconsidered, an anthology of sources, (Blackwell Publishing in association with The Open University, 2007)
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K.W.Woods (ed.), Making Renaissance Art, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 2006)
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E. Barker, N. Webb and K. Woods, The Changing Status of the Artist, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 1999)
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Articles

 ‘Altarpieces in Alabaster’ in Niederländische Skulpturenexporte nach Nord- und Ostmitteleuropa vom 14. bis 16. Jahrhundert, ed J.Fajt & M.Hörsch,  Studia Jagellonica Lipsiensia (Ostfildern, 2014), pp.41-58. ISBN 978-3-7995-8415-9

 ‘The Master of Rimini and the tradition of alabaster carving in the early 15th century Netherlands’, in Meaning in Materials 1400-1800, Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek (Netherlands Yearbook), 62 (2013), pp.56-83.ISSN

 ‘Sculpture by the Master of Elsloo in England’, in A Masterly Hand. Interdisciplinary research on the late-medieval sculptor(s) Master of Elsloo in an International Perspective, ed.F.Peters, Proceedings of the Conference held on 20-21 October 2011 at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels/, Scientia Artis no. 9 (Brussels, 2013), pp.148-161. ISBN

‘Encountering icons: Byzantine art in the Netherlands, Bohemia and Spain during the 14th and 15th centuries’ in Byzantine art and Renaissance Europe, eds A.Lymberopoulou and R.Duits, (Ashgate, 2013), pp.135-155. ISBN 987-1-4094-2038-5.

The fortunes of art in alabaster: a historiographical analysis’ in From Minor to Major: the minor arts in Medieval Art History, ed.C.Hourihane, The Index of Christian art Occasional Papers XIV (Princeton, 2012), pp.82-102. ISBN 978-0-9837537-1-1.

‘The supply of alabaster in Northern and Mediterranean Europe in the later Middle Ages’, in Trade in Artists’ Materials: markets and commerce in Europe to 1700, eds J. Kirby, S.Nash and J. Cannon (Archetype Publishing, London, 2010), pp.86-93. ISBN 978-1-904982-25-8.

‘The Mercers’ Christ reexamined’, in R. Marks (ed.), Late Gothic England: Art and Display, (Paul Watkins Publishing, 2007), 57-69

‘Holbein and the reform of images’, in K.W.Woods, C.M.Richardson and A.Lymberopoulou eds, Viewing Renaissance Art, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 2007), 249-286

‘Netherlandish networks’, in C.M.Richardson ed., Locating Renaissance Art, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 2006), 65-99

‘The illusion of life in fifteenth-century sculpture’, in K.W.Woods (ed.), Making Renaissance Art, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 2006), 103-137

‘A Passion altarpiece restored’, Apollo, June 2006, 40-45

‘Centres of Excellence’, in C. Van de Velde, H.Beeckman, J.Van Acker and F.Verhaeghe, (eds), Constructing Wooden Images, (Brussels University Press, 2005), 51-74

‘Thèmes iconographiques et sources’, in B.D’Hainaut-Zveny, Miroirs du sacré: les retables sculptés à Bruxelles XVe – XVIe siècles, production, formes et usages, (CFC-Éditions, Brussels, 2005), 77-93

‘The pre-Reformation altarpiece of Long Melford Church,’ Antiquaries Journal, 82, 2002, 93-104

‘Questions d’attribution stylistique: retables inédits en Angleterre,’ in S. Guillot de Suduiraut (ed.), Retables brabançons des XVe et XVIe siècles, colloquium Louvre May 2001, (Musée du Louvre, 2002), 345-376

‘Newly discovered works in England by the Master of Hakendover’, Oud Holland 113:3, 1999, 93-106

‘Some sixteenth century Antwerp carved wooden altar-pieces in England’, The Burlington Magazine, CXL1, 1999, 144-55

‘The status of the artist in northern Europe in the sixteenth century’, in E. Barker, N. Webb and K. Woods (eds), The Changing Status of the Artist, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 1999 109-128

‘Commercial sculpture’ in E. Barker, N. Webb and K. Woods (eds), The Changing Status of the Artist, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 1999), 129-145

‘Pieter Bruegel the Elder and the northern canon’, in E. Barker, N. Webb and K. Woods (eds), The Changing Status of the Artist, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 1999), 169-185

‘Benvenuto Cellini and the salt-cellar’ (with Colin Cunningham ) in E. Barker, N. Webb and K. Woods (eds), The Changing Status of the Artist, (Yale University Press in association with The Open University, 1999), 88-101

K.Woods and P. Elmer: The OU Guide to the Renaissance, produced to accompany the television series Renaissance Secrets broadcast November-December 1999

‘Five Netherlandish carved altar-pieces in England and the Brussels School of Carving c. 1470-1520’, The Burlington Magazine, CXXXVIII, December 1996, 788-800

14 articles on Netherlandish sculptors and painters in the Macmillan Dictionary of Art London, 1996

‘The Netherlandish carved altarpiece c. 1500: type and function’ in P. Humfrey and M. Kemp, (eds), The Altarpiece in the Renaissance, (Cambridge University Press, 1990), 76-89

Teaching interests

Teaching contributions for the Open University include the well-received AA315 Renaissance Art Reconsidered volumes (2007), A226 Art and Visual Culture: Medieval to Renaissance (2012) and a co-authored unit on Benin sculpture in AA100. 

Publications

The activation of the image: expatriate carvers and kneeling effigies in late Gothic Spain (2017)
Woods, Kim
The Sculpture Journal, 26(1) (pp. 11-24)
The Master of Rimini and the tradition of alabaster carving in the early 15th century Netherlands (2012-12)
Woods, Kim
Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, 62(1) (pp. 56-83)
A passion altarpiece restored (2006-06-01)
Woods, Kim
Apollo (pp. 40-45)
The pre-reformation altarpiece of Long Melford Church (2002)
Woods, Kim W.
Antiquaries Journal, 82 (pp. 93-104)
Imported Images: Netherlandish Late Gothic Sculpture in England, c.1400-c.1550 (2007)
Woods, Kim W.
ISBN : 1900289830 | Publisher : Paul Watkins Publishing | Published : Donington
The Tree of Jesse Gates from Scarisbrick Hall (2017-05)
Woods, Kim
In: Davies, Glyn and Townsend, Eleanor eds. A Reservoir of Ideas: Essays in honour of Paul Williamson (pp. 235-244)
ISBN : 9781911300168 | Publisher : Paul Holberton Publishing in association with V&A publishing | Published : London
Plantagenets in alabaster (2016)
Woods, Kim
In: Crooks, Peter; Green, David and Ormorod, W. Mark eds. The Plantagenet Empire, 1259-1453. Harlaxton Medieval studies (pp. 89-108)
ISBN : 978-1-907730-52-8 | Publisher : Shaun Tyas Publishing | Published : Donington
Altarpieces in alabaster (2014-03-25)
Woods, Kim
In: Fajt , Jiri and Hörsch, Markus eds. Niederländische Skulpturenexporte nach Nord- und Ostmitteleuropa vom 14. bis 16. Jahrhundert. Studia Jagellonica Lipsiensia (pp. 41-58)
ISBN : 978-3-7995-8415-9 | Publisher : Jan Thorbecke Verlag | Published : Ostfildern
Encountering icons: Byzantine art in the Netherlands, Bohemia and Spain during the 14th and 15th centuries (2013)
Woods, Kim
In: Lymberopoulou, Angeliki and Duits, Rembrandt eds. Byzantine art and Renaissance Europe (pp. 135-157)
ISBN : 9781409420385 | Publisher : Ashgate
The supply of alabaster in Northern and Mediterranean Europe in the Later Middle Ages (2010-02)
Woods, Kim
In: Kirby, Jo; Nash, Susie and Cannon, Joanna eds. Trade in Artists' Materials: Markets and Commerce in Europe to 1700 (pp. 86-93)
ISBN : 978-1-904982-25-8 | Publisher : Archeype Publications | Published : London, UK
The Mercers' Christ re-examined (2007)
Woods, Kim
In: Marks, Richard ed. Late Gothic England: Art and Display (pp. 57-69)
ISBN : 1 900289 80 6 | Publisher : Shaun Tyas | Published : Donington, UK
Themes iconographiques et sources (2005-12-01)
Woods, Kim W.
In: D'Hainaut-Zveny, Brigitte and Schmitt, Jean-Claude eds. Miroirs du Sacre: les retables sculptes a Bruxelles XVe - XVIe Siecles (pp. 77-93)
ISBN : 2930018550 | Publisher : CFC-Editions | Published : Brussels
Centres of excellence (2005-09)
Woods, Kim
In: Van de Velde, Carl; Beeckman, Hans; Van Acker, Joris and Verhaege, Frans eds. Constructing wooden images: organization of labour and working process of late Gothic carved altarpieces in the Low Countries (pp. 51-74)
ISBN : 9789054873884 | Publisher : Brussels University Press | Published : Brussels
Questions d'attribution stylistique: retables inedits en Angleterre (2003)
Woods, Kim W.
In: Guillot de Suduiraut, Sophie ed. Retables brabançons des XVe et XVIe siècles (pp. 345-376)
ISBN : 2110052651 | Publisher : Musee du Louvre | Published : Paris, France
Viewing Renaissance Art (2007)
Woods, Kim W.; Richardson, Carol M. and Lymberopoulou, Angeliki eds.
ISBN : 300123434 | Publisher : Yale University Press
Sculpture from the Elsloo Group in England (2013)
Woods, Kim
In : Interdisciplinary Research on the Late Medieval Sculptor Master of Elsloo in an International Perspective (20-21 October 2011 , Brussels) (pp. 148-161)
The fortunes of art in alabaster: a historiographical analysis (2012-03)
Woods, Kim
In : From Major to Minor: the minor arts and their current status in art history (March 2011, Princeton, USA)