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Michael Camille
(March 6, 1958 - April 26, 2002) South Africa

Michael Camille

Art historian

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Camille was bor in an Anglo-French parentage. He won a scholarship from his local grammar school to Peterhouse, Cambridge. He began to study English but then switched to art history. In 1980 he obtained a starred first and stayed at Peterhouse to study for his doctorate which he completed in 1985. He was then awarded a research fellowship at Clare Hall.

He moved to Chicago where he remained for the rest of his career. He showed a new approach to the study of medieval art and his work had a profound influence on other scholars.

Camille died of brain cancer at the age of 44. He was survived by his companion if 16 years, Stuart Michaels.

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His writing include:

  • The Gothic Idol: Ideology and Image-Making in Medieval Art (1989)
  • Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art (1992)
  • Imagining an Irish Past: The Celtic Revival 1840-1940 (1992)
  • Gothic Art (1996)
  • Master of Death. The Lifeless Art of Pierre Remiet, Illuminator (1996)
  • The Medieval Art of Love. Objects and Subjects of Desire (1998)
  • Mirror in Parchment: The Luttrell Psalter and the Making of Medieval England (1998)
  • Other Objects of Desire: Collectors and Collecting Queerly (2002)
Source: excerpts from: The Knitting Circle, U.K. - http://www.sbu.ac.uk/stafflag/people.html
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