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Dr Andrew Murray

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Andrew joined the History of Art department at the Open University in 2019. He has been an associate lecturer at the OU since 2017 and has also taught at Royal Holloway (University of London) and the University of Buckingham. Previously he was a Stipendiat at the Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris (2015-2016) and a PhD student at University College London (2011-2015). 

BA History of Art (University College London), MSt History of Art (University of Oxford), PhD History of Art (University College London).

Research interests

I specialise in the art and ceremony of late medieval France and Valois Burgundy (c. 1350-1520). I research how authority – cultural, legal and political – is manifested in visual culture, and I pay particular attention to the representation and performance of emotions and virtues. The historical aspect of this research has investigated the rhetoric of the common good and justice and how such rhetoric is evident in tomb sculpture, funerary ritual, ducal ordinances and courtly literature. My sociological research is in the history of emotions, and particularly the work of Johan Huizinga. 

More recently I have been writing about digital painting and visual culture, including analyses of the work of Simon Stålenhag as well as the concept of Spectacle. 

Teaching interests

I have written about modern and contemporary art and visual culture for A236 Art and Visual Cultures in the Modern World, and have edited the second book for this module, VIsual Cultures of Modernity (2023).  

I am currently writing about medieval and early modern art for the forthcoming module A237 Art and Life Before 1800.

External collaborations

I am a convener of the seminar series Marxism in Culture, which is hosted at the Institute of Advanced Studies at UCL.

I am a editor of the journal Medieval Low Countries. 


Could commodities themselves speak? An Introduction to the Agnotology of the Spectacle (2024)
Murray, Andrew and Bradshaw, Alan
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space ((Early access))

Tragedy and Pathosformeln: The Political Emotions of Huizinga’s Autumntide of the Middle Ages (2023-09-19)
Murray, Andrew
Journal of the Northern Renaissance, 14

Mourning and Non-Ordered Religious Behaviour in the Tombs of Philip the Bold, John the Fearless and Margaret of Bavaria (2022)
Murray, Andrew
Netherlands Yearbook for History of Art / Nederlands Kunsthistorisch Jaarboek, 72

Burgundian Sword Ritual: Charismatic and Regnal Authority at the Funeral of Philip the Good in Bruges, 1467 (2021-05-18)
Murray, Andrew
The Court Historian - The International Journal of Court Studies, 26(1) (pp. 11-28)

Rebellion, Dialogue and the Use of the “Common Good” in Philip the Bold’s Ordinances (2020)
Murray, Andrew
Publications du Centre Européen d'Etudes Bourguignonnes, 60 (pp. 63-78)

The Montpellier Parchment and the Signature of Iustitia (2019)
Murray, Andrew
Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, 94 (pp. 301-323)

Artist (2019)
Murray, Andrew and Dumolyn, Jan
Kunst und Politik. Jahrbuch der Guernica-Gesellschaft, 21 (pp. 21-27)

Speculation (2023)
Murray, Andrew
In: Winkenweder, Brian and Tunali, Tijen eds. The Routledge Companion to Marxist Art History
Publisher : Routledge (In Press) | Published : Abingdon

A Field of Invention: Fictive Frames in Van Eyck’s Portraits. (2022)
Murray, Andrew
In: Lecuppre-Desjardin, Elodie and Nils, Bock eds. Innovation and Medieval Communities (1200-1500)
Publisher : Brepols (In Press) | Published : Turnhout

Philip the Bold’s Tomb (1412): Creative Agency, Courtly Patronage and Labour History (2021)
Murray, Andrew
In: Cordez, Philippe ed. Mittelalter und Mittelalterbild / Le Moyen Âge et son image
Publisher : Heidelberg University Publishing | Published : Heidelberg

Political Emotion in the Mourners of Philip the Bold's Tomb (2020-12-07)
Murray, Andrew
In: Ekardt, Philipp; Fehrenbach, Frank and Zumbusch, Cornelia eds. Politische Emotionen in den Künsten. Mnemosyne (7) (pp. 25-42)
ISBN : 978-3-11-071130-1 | Publisher : De Gruyter | Published : Berlin

Statues (2020)
Murray, Andrew
In: Bradshaw, Alan and Hietanen, Joel eds. The Dictionary of Coronavirus Culture
ISBN : 9781913462437 | Publisher : Repeater Books | Published : London

Communes and Conflict: Urban Rebellion in Late Medieval Flanders (2023)
Haemers, Jelle and Dumolyn, Jan
Brill, Leiden.