Christa Grossinger

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Born1948; 76 years ago (1948)
Westerwald, western Germany
Alma materUniversity of Vienna

Christa Grossinger (born 1948)[1] was a German academic specialising in late medieval and early Renaissance art in northern Europe, and a Society of Antiquaries of London.[2] She was an expert on Misericord|misericords and medieval church furniture. Her work included the role of women in medieval and Renaissance art and on women and women's writings from Late antiquity|antiquity to the late Middle Ages. She joined the University of Manchester in 1972 where she became a Senior Lecturer.[1]

Life and Work

Dr. Christa Grossinger was born on 8 May 1942 in Westerwald, western Germany.[1] She moved to Northern Ireland in 1972 with her family. She died in Manchester 18 March 2009.

She was known as an expert on misericords throughout her life.[2][3] She joined the University of Manchester in 1972 lecturing in Art History, becoming Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts Histories and Cultures Lecturer in 1998. Elected to Fellow of Society of Antiquaries, London in 2004.[2]

In 2006 she saw a Bristol Cathedral misericord for sale by the London antiques dealer Sam Fogg. The misericord had originally belonged to Bristol Cathedral, but had been removed "because of its bawdy humour".[2] She successfully lobbied for the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery|Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to arrange the funds for its purchase.[2]

In 2006 she was part of a team of experts studying the misericords of Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire, for a project organised by York Archaeological Trust.[3] The misericords were presumed to have inspired characters in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland|Alice's Adventures In Wonderland.[3]

She died in Manchester 18 March 2009.[2]


Humour and Folly in Secular and Profane prints of Northern Europe, 1430-1540; London : Harvey Miller, 2002. ISBN: 1872501095.[4]

Picturing Women in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art, Manchester : Manchester University Press , c1997 ISBN: 0719041104.[5]

The World Upside Down : English Misericords, London : Harvey Miller , 1996 ISBN:1872501648.

North-European Panel Paintings. A Catalogue of Netherlandish and German Paintings before 1600 in English Churches and Colleges, London : Harvey Miller, c1992. ISBN:0905203143.[6]

Ripon Cathedral Misericords : 500 years anniversary, Ripon : The Dean & Chapter, c1989.[7]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Grössinger, Christa". Grove Art Online. doi:10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T2216932. Retrieved 2020-07-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Salon 184". Society of Antiquaries of London. 2020-02-14. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Experts focus on carvings that inspired Alice author". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2020-07-28.
  4. Backhouse, Janet (2003). "Humour and Folly in Secular and Profane Prints of Northern Europe, 1430–1540. By Christa Grössinger. 275mm. Pp xiv plus 227, 216 b & w ills. London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller Publishers (an imprint of Brepols), 2002. ISBN 1872501095. 80 euros". The Antiquaries Journal. 83: 516–516. doi:10.1017/S0003581500078057. ISSN 1758-5309.
  5. "Manchester University Press - Picturing women in late medieval and renaissance art". Manchester University Press. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  6. Grössinger, Christa; Gröessinger, Christa (1992). North-European Panel Paintings: A Catalogue of Netherlandish & German Paintings Before 1600 in English Churches & Colleges. Harvey Miller. ISBN 978-0-905203-14-0.
  7. Griissinger, Christa (1989). Ripon Cathedral Misericords: 500 Years Anniversary. The Dean and Chapter of Ripon Cathedral.