Dr Bea Leal

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Academic Background

I studied History of Art at the University of East Anglia.  My MA dissertation was on early medieval and early Islamic stuccowork, and my PhD, which I completed in 2016, was on images of architecture in late antiquity.  Since then I have been involved with the British Academy/Leverhulme-funded project ‘At the Crossroads of Empires: the Longobard Church of Sant’Ambrogio at Montecorvino Rovella (Salerno, Italy)’, and am now a Research Associate for ‘Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East’.

Research Interests

My research interests are the art and architecture of late antiquity and the early Islamic period.  In particular I am interested in the iconography of architecture, and the uses and impacts of pattern and decorative materials.

Research Keywords

Early Islamic art and architecture, late antique art and architecture, mosaics, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon.


Full Publications: dr_bea_leal_full_publications.docx

Selected Publications:

  • Mosaic production in the early Islamic period

  • The Abbasid Mosaic Tradition and the Great Mosque of Damascus

  • The Symbolic Display of Water in the Qusayr Amra Bathhouse, Jordan

  • More