Louisa McKenzie

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Louisa McKenzie
BA(Hons) Theology; MA History of Art; MA Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture
PhD candidate Art History
Warburg Institute
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Related publications/articles:

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01-Dec-2022 'Waxing On: New Approaches to Wax as a Votive Material in Renaissance Florence' - Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America 2022, Virtual

Conference papers

01-Sep-2022 'Power Melting Away: Iconoclasm and Santissima Annunziata’s Wax Ex-Votos' - The Politics of Iconoclasm in the Middle Ages, German Historical Institute and the Warburg Institute

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27-Jun-2022 ‘Making yourself in wax: the metamorphic potential of the wax ex-voto’ - Transformative Bodies in the Premodern World: Experiences and Materials, Courtauld Institute of Art

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04-May-2022 'The Life Cycle of a Wax Ex-Voto in Late Medieval and Renaissance Florence' - Work in Progress seminar, the Warburg Institute


01-Mar-2022 'Votive Offerings for Healing' - Wellcome Collection Stories


29-Nov-2021 'Schism, Obedience and Genealogy in Neri di Bicci’s San Giovanni Gualberto Enthroned' - Neue Tendenzen der Italienforschung zu Mittelalter und Renaissance, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome

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12-Nov-2021 'Legislating Materiality: Wax in Florentine Guild Statutes 1300-1500' - (IN)MATERIALITY IN MEDIEVAL ART - 14th Jornadas Complutenses de Arte Medieval, Universidad Complutense Madrid

Conference papers

18-Jun-2021 'The Florentine Wax Workshop: Location and Organisation' - The Working Renaissance working group


13-Apr-2021 'Mapping Production: Wax Workshops in Renaissance Florence' - Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America 2021, Virtual

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13-Mar-2021 'What is My Research Trajectory?' - ReSkIN (Research Skills Intercollegiate Network) Spring Event


Research Projects & Supervisions
PhD Topic:

Waxing devotion: the economic and devotional life cycles of wax ex-votos in Florence 1300-1500

This project examines the production, acquisition, ownership and deployment of wax ex-votos in Florence 1300-1500 to explore the meanings, functions and visual evolution of these everyday devotional objects. It offers a broad social perspective, being concerned not only with the highest end of the wax ex-voto market, but with investigating wax ex-votos deployed across different social classes. More widely, the project aims to contribute to our understanding of the ex-voto as a work of art, as well as fourteenth and fifteenth century conceptions of the visual representation of the individual and the visualisation of personhood. Funded by a London Arts and Humanities Partnership (AHRC) Research Studentship (2020-22).


Dr Rembrandt Duits
Research interests:
Cultural memory, Digital resources, Gender studies, History, History of art, Manuscript studies, Medieval History, Palaeography

Relevant Events

Related events:

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09-Jun-2022 'Between Technology and Theory: Digital Humanities Projects in Progress' - workshop and research training

Co-organiser and panel moderator for this workshop dedicated to the digital humanities. 

Two panels of invited speakers who are working on digital humanities projects in progress across the humanities from institutions worldwide will address intersections between technological aspects and broader theoretical aims, provoking new questions of researchers and institutions regarding methodological structures that are often uncritically applied. Projects under discussion span disciplines including art history, book history, manuscript studies and palaeography, heritage and collections management, philology, sigillography and more. 

An online toolkit of digital resources related to the projects and themes discussed in the workshop will be available after the event. 

Additonal co-presenter of the separate, but allied, research training in digital humanities tools aimed at graduate students. 

07-Jun-2022 'Mapping and Data Visualisation for Beginners'

In conjunction with the online workshop 'Between Technology and Theory: Digital Humanities Projects in Progress'. 

Of particular relevance for students and early career researchers, this research training seminar is split into two parts. The first introduces some options for building maps to display and organise geographical data derived from humanities research topics (presented by Louisa McKenzie). The second will discuss how to organise archival information so that it can be analysed with graphic charts and data visualization (presented by Rheagan Martin). There will be ample time for participant questions. 


'A Material World' lecture and seminar series

Co-founder and co-convenor, 2020-present. 

A Material World is a multi-year events series hosted by the Warburg Institute which focuses on the reconstruction of life in the past through objects and materials, the people who made them and the people who used them. Combining public lectures, student seminars and object-based presentations, the series brings together academics and heritage professionals from a wide range of disciplines including history, art history, cultural history, archaeology, anthropology, history of religion and museum studies. The series discusses issues concerning historical objects, their materials, forms, and functions, as well as their conservation, presentation, display, and reconstruction. It offers a broad social perspective, being concerned not only with the highest strata of society, but also with marginalised peoples and their habits concerning the production and consumption of everyday items. Each year of the series has a different theme: 2020/21, Devotion; 2021/22, Ritual.

The series, launched during the pandemic, successfully harnessed the virtual format to present online workshops and now reaches a global audience of students, academics, heritage professionals and members of the public through live events, video recordings and social media.

Latin Palaeography online short course at the Warburg Institute - teaching assistant to Prof. Charles Burnett

Teaching assistant to Prof. Charles Burnett since September 2020.

Teaching on average 2 sessions per term and providing support in others. 

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