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New Book Series: Christianities Before Modernity

 

Challenging the perception of Christianity as a unified and European religion before the sixteenth century, this series interrogates the traditional chronological, geographical, social, and institutional boundaries of premodern Christianity. Books in this series seek to rebuild the lived experiences and religious worlds of understudied people as well as landmark disputes and iconic figures by recovering underappreciated vernacular sources, situating localized problems and mundane practices within broader social contexts, and addressing questions framed by contemporary theoretical and methodological conversations.

Christianities Before Modernity embraces an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, publishing on history, literature, music, theater, classics, folklore, art history, archaeology, religious studies, philosophy, gender studies, anthropology, sociology, and other areas.

Grounded in original sources and informed by ongoing disciplinary disputes, this series demonstrates how premodern Christians comprised diverse and conflicted communities embedded in a religiously diverse world.

Series Editors:

Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri

Kathleen E. Kennedy, Pennsylvania State Brandywine

Susanna A. Throop, Ursinus College

Charlene Villaseñor Black, UCLA

Advisory Board:

Adnan A. Husain, Queen’s University

István Perczel, Central European University

Eyal Poleg, Queen Mary University of London

Carl S. Watkins, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Publisher: MIP, The University Press at Kalamazoo

For more information, visit: https://mip-archumanitiespress.org/series/mip/christianities-before-modernity/. For questions or to submit a proposal, please contact the acquisitions

editor, Erika Gaffney (Erika.Gaffney@arc‐humanities.org).

 

Book Roundup: Recent Publications on Medieval Art in English, French and Italian

lire les objets.jpgLire les objets médiévaux

Quand les choses font signe et sens

Ce livre prend le « parti-pris des choses », à la confluence de l’histoire, l’histoire de l’art, |’archéologie, l’anthropologie et la philosophie en interrogeant les spécificités de l’objet au Moyen Âge en littérature. Pas encore doté d’une autonomie matérielle propre, l’objet médiéval, carrefour herméneutique, fonctionne comme signe d’une grande plasticité, apte à référer à autre chose qu’à lui-même, à assurer un rôle médiateur et une fonction identitaire ou transactionnelle. Il nécessite donc de prendre en considération son rapport avec le sujet.

Informations pratiques :
Fabienne Pomel (dir.), Lire les objets médiévaux. Quand les choses font signe et sens, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2017 (Interférences). Format : 15,5 x 21 cm. Nombre de pages : 320 p. Illustrations : N & B. ISBN : 978-2-7535-5309-5. Prix : 22,00 €.

 

flemish primitives.jpgThe Century of the Flemish Primitives : Late Medieval Art in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp
Author: Vandenbroeck, Paul
Price: $42.50
ISBN: 9789085867272
Record created on 03/04/2016
Description: Schoten: BAI, 2016. 23cm., hardcover, 144pp. illus. English translation of 2014 edition.

Summary: At 152 paintings, the collection of ‘Flemish Primitives’ held by the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is the largest in Flanders. This publication gives an overview from ‘pre-Eyckian’ painting to some of the highpoints of late medieval art from beyond the Low Countries. Works discussed include altarpieces, secular art, pieces by women religious, Flemish artists elsewhere in Europe, as well as sculpture. Besides the religious views that framed thought, the art of painting is contextualized in a wider perspective on art itself.

restauro-petronio-254x330.jpgMARIA CRISTINA IMPROTA. Il restauro dei portali di San Petronio a Bologna. Studi e approfondimenti, Edifir, 2016, 232 p.
ISBN: 978-8879707442

El presente volumen está dedicado a la presentación del complejo proyecto de conservación y restauración -a nivel de diagnóstico en una fase preliminar- para la caracterización de los materiales constituyentes y para el estudio del estado de conservación de estos materiales en la fachada de la basílica de San Petronio en Bolonia, llevado a cabo por el Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

El O.P.D. ha efectuado la intervención de la restauración de los tres portales de la fachada de San Petronio (la portada central o Porta Magna de Jacopo della Quercia, y las dos portadas laterales, diseñadas por Ercole Seccadenari entre 1524 y 1530) en sólo tres años, afrontando las espinosas problemáticas típicas de las esculturas al aire libre en condiciones severas de conservación.

Se ha aplicado un protocolo de intervención absolutamente innovador que ha permitido obtener resultados ampliamente satisfactorios.

fondi-medioevo-242x330MARIO D’ONOFRIO, MANUELA GIANANDREA (dir.), Fondi nel Medioevo, Gangemi, 2016, 351 p.
ISBN: 978-8849233384

Este volumen contiene las actas de la conferencia internacional celebrada en Fondi en octubre de 2013, un congreso que tenía como objetivo principal dar a conocer los extraordinarios tesoros histórico-artísticos de la época medieval aparecidos durante los últimos quince años en la ciudad de Fondi y su territorio, gracias a una campaña sostenida de restauraciones y de mejoras.

Entre los monumentos y obras redescubiertas y restauradas figuran el monasterio de San Magno, el complejo de San Domenico, la iglesia de San Tommaso d’Aquino, las pinturas del Palazzo Caetani, el complejo arqueológico medieval de Casale Mosillo y los fragmentos pictóricos de Suio.

Además de la importancia evidente y obvia del propio descubrimiento, la mayor parte de las obras dadas a conocer permiten ilustrar un prolongado período de la historia artística de Fondi -desde la Alta Edad Media hasta inicios del siglo XIV- que hasta ahora se mantenía parcialmente en la sombra en favor de la etapa del Renacimiento tardío.

Los nuevos hallazgos permiten ahora poner de manifiesto también un “otro Fondi”, revelando un panorama rico y articulado, vinculado por su naturaleza a la producción artística de la histórica Terra di Lavoro, así como también abierto a la región Marittima medieval, o incluso a Roma.

Fondi, por lo tanto, se revela en estos siglos como un centro cultural entre la Urbe y el Regnum, pasando a formar parte de la relación problemática entre “centro” y “periferia”, que hasta bien entrado el siglo XIII estrechó Roma y Montecassino a su entorno.

Some good book offers from Brepols

On the occasion of Black Friday Brepols offersyou these 20 books for only € 20 each.

Place your order now as this offer is only valid from 25 to 27 November 2016 and only applicable for orders placed on the brepols webshop.

 

The Vatican Necropoles
Rome’s City of the Dead

  1. Liverani, G. Spinola, P. Zander

€ 95 > € 20

 

This is the first published summary of the entire complex of the great necropoles of Rome, which were situated on Vatican Hill.

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SPECULUM SERMONIS
Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Medieval Sermon

Edited by G. Donavin, C. J. Nederman, R. Utz

Series:  Disputatio

€ 60 > € 20

 

This anthology of essays reveals how sermons impact upon a range of disciplines, and how the methodologies of different disciplines inform sermons.

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LIVING IN THE CITY
Elites and their Residences, 1500-1900

Edited by P. Janssens, J. Dunne

Series:  Studies in European Urban History (1100-1800)

€ 65 > € 20

 

Focussing on the most basic aspect of urban living, this collection is concerned with the study of the places and types of residence of urban elites.

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Les actes comme expression du pouvoir au Haut Moyen Age
Actes de la Table Ronde de Nancy

Edited by M.-J. Gasse-Grandjean, B.-M. Tock

Series: Atelier de recherche sur les textes médiévaux

€ 50 > € 20

 

Actes de la Table Ronde de Nancy, 26-27 novembre 1999

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Illuminating the Law
Illuminated Legal Manuscripts in Cambridge Collections

  1. L’Engle, R. Gibbs

Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History

€ 96 > € 20

 

This catalogue offers introductory essays on the making and the use of medieval legal manuscripts in Cambridge collections, in order to call attention to the illuminated legal texts as splendidly decorated medieval manuscripts.

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Making and breaking the rules: succession in medieval Europe, c. 1000-c.1600
Etablir et abolir les normes: La succession dans l’Europe médiévale, vers 1000-vers 1600
Edited by F. Lachaud, M. Penman

Series: Histoires de famille. La parenté au Moyen Age

€ 55 > € 20

 

Proceedings of the colloquium held on 6-7-8 April 2006. Actes de la conférence tenue les 6, 7 et 8 avril 2006, Institute of Historical Research (University of London).

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Les élites au haut moyen âge
Crises et renouvellements
Edited by F. Bougard, L. Feller, R. Le Jan

Series: Haut Moyen Âge

€ 65 > € 20

 

L’ouvrage propose un objet d’étude fascinant et paradoxal à la fois, celui des crises et du renouvellement des élites au haut Moyen Âge.

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The Order of the Golden Tree
The Gift-giving Objectives of Duke Philip The Bold of Burgundy

C.M. Chattaway

Series: Burgundica

€ 70 > € 20

 

“Chattaway’s study is a profound one and solidly grounded in archival research, which is why it has earned a place in the prestigious Burgundica series”. (Bas Jongenelen in Sixteenth Century Journal, XXXIX/1, 2008, pp. 326-327)

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Saints, Scholars, and Politicians
Gender as a Tool in Medieval Studies
Edited by M. van Dijk, R. I.A. Nip

Series: Medieval Church Studies

€ 45 > € 20

 

The essays within this volume critique and evaluate the use of gender as a major analytical tool in medieval studies.

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Kleine Schriften zu den Konzilsakten des 7. Jahrhunderts
R. Riedinger

Series: Instrumenta Patristica et Mediaevalia

€ 78,10 > € 20

 

A collection of 22 articles by the author published in widely differing outlets in the period 1976-1996.

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The Ways of Jewish Martyrdom
S. Goldin

Series: Cursor Mundi

€ 85 > € 20

 

“Enlisting a wealth of sources, the author attempts to explain the valorization of martyrdom as a cultural norm in medieval Jewish communities of Germany, France and England.” (Susan L. Einbinder, in: The Medieval Review, 09.02.06)

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Liberté et progrès chez Origène

  1. Lekkas

Series: Monothéismes et Philosophie

€ 60 > € 20

 

Le travail de Georges Lekkas est unique, en ce qu’il construit une thèse qui suit parfaitement le rythme de l’élaboration origénienne et qui décrit l’évolution progressive du réseau argumentatif.

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La Salle aux Trésors

Chefs-d’œuvre de l’art Roman et Mosan
Edited by C. Dumortier

Series: Royal Museums for Art and History, Brussels / French version

€ 55 > € 20

 

La Salle aux Trésors du Musée du Cinquantenaire présente des œuvres médiévales comptant parmi les plus belles, les plus précieuses et les plus rares conservées aux Musées Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire.

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Livres et lectures de femmes en Europe entre moyen âge et renaissance
Edited by A.-M. Legaré

€ 120 > € 20

 

“Un ouvrage sérieux, érudit et varié (…).”

(Aladin. Le magazine des chineurs, N° 240, juin 2008)

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A Catalogue Raisonné of Scientific Instruments from the Louvain School, 1530-1600

  1. Van Cleempoel
    Series: De Diversis Artibus

€ 75 > € 20

 

This object-based study concentrates on scientific instruments made in Louvain between c. 1530 and c. 1600, a period in which the university fell from the peak of its importance into a state of decline.

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Les Principautés dans l’Occident Médiéval
A l’origine des régions
Edited by B. Demotz

€ 61 > € 20

 

Cet ouvrage présente un panorama des fondations et de l’évolution des principautés afin d’évaluer une réalité historique encore trop sous-estimée, mais il se veut aussi une réflexion sur un des sujets fondamentaux de l’histoire politique.

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Images de musiciens (1350-1500)

Typologies, figurations et pratiques sociales

  1. Clouzot

Series: Epitome musical

€ 80 > € 20

 

“La force du livre, luxurieusement illustré, de Martine Clouzot est de montrer que les enluminures des manuscrits médiévaux, loin d’être une fenêtre ouverte sur le monde des musiciens, recodent une réalité déjà codée.” (L’Histoire, n° 329, mars 2008)

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Le château, autour et alentours (XIVe – XVIe siècles)

Paysage, parc, jardin & domaine
Edited by J.-M. Cauchies, J. Guisset

€ 73 > € 20

 

Un château, c’est d’abord une bâtisse. Il y a un faisceau de composantes qui mériteront de capter, à travers textes, images et objets, l’oeil de l’historien, de l’historien de l’art et de l’archéologue.

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Logica Morelli
Edited from the manuscripts with an introduction, notes and indices

  1. Spruyt

Series: Studia Artistarum

€ 50 > € 20

 

This volume contains the first critical edition of a Spanish textbook on logic, found in the libraries of Sevilla and Zaragoza.

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Manichaeism and Early Christianity

Edited by L. Cirillo, A. Van Tongerloo

Series: Manichaean Studies

€ 75 > € 20

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Book Roundup: Late Medieval Painting

Here are some great new books on 14th and 15th century painting.

Any suggestions from the other end of the Middle Ages (or anything in-between)? As always do let us know of any recently-published medieval art history books you would like us to include in a book roundup – we would be happy to let people to know about them!

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Zuleika Murat, Guariento. Pittore di corte, maestro del naturale (Silvana Editoriale)

Guariento di Arpo (1310 c.- 1367-1370) was the leading painter of Padua under the Carrara. He worked extensively for the most prestigious patrons of his time, including members of

the Carrara family, two Doges of Venice, the Augustinian friars and the Dominicans, being commissioned both of frescoes and of panel paintings. Despite the great value he was granted during his life-time, and the attention that scholars have paid to his works more recently, the real nature of his production still struggles to emerge. This is due, in part, to the partial destruction of his most important paintings, such as imposing frescoes and huge altarpieces; but also to the nature of his style — in-between Italian naturalism and Gothic elegance — that has sometimes disorientated scholars.

This book aims to reconsider Guariento’s activity and place in the wider context of Trecento Padua. Through a new examination of his paintings, a new interpretation of the requirements of the patrons, as well as of the wider historical background, this book provides a new perspective on Guariento and of the entire context where he lived and worked. Special attention is paid to matters neglected thus far, such as the relationship

between the painter and the scientists who worked on astrology, optics and perspectiva at the University of Padua, the Studium, who might have suggested him how to represent a believable fictive space in painting; the decoration of the golden leaf and of the pastiglia; the typologies and functions of panel paintings. His works are also interpreted as factors of visual propaganda, and their complex iconography is here connected to the specific needs of the patrons. The paintings are presented through a rich photographic documentation and -when totally or partially destroyed- with virtual reconstruction done on a solid philological base.

9780300220131Matthijs Ilsink and Jos Koldeweij, Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius (Yale University Press)
Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1450-1516) lived and worked in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, where he created enigmatic paintings and drawings full of bizarre creatures, phantasmagoric monsters, and terrifying nightmares. He also depicted detailed landscapes and found inspiration in fundamental moral concepts: seduction, sin, and judgment. This beautiful book accompanies a major exhibition on Bosch’s work in his native city, and will feature important new research on his 25 known paintings and 20 drawings. The book, divided into six sections, covers the entirety of the artist’s career. It discusses in detail Bosch’s Pilgrimage of Life, Bosch and the Life of Christ, his role as a draughtsman, his depictions of saints, and his visualization of Judgment Day and the hereafter, among other topics, and is handsomely illustrated by new photography undertaken by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project Team.
97803002201551Luuk Hoogstede, Ron Spronk, Matthijs Ilsink, Jos Koldeweij, Robert G. Erdmann, Rik Klein Gotink, Hanneke Nap, Daan Veldhuizen, Hieronymus Bosch, Painter and Draughtsman Technical Studies (Yale University Press)
Scholars have traditionally focused on the subjects and meanings of Hieronymus Bosch’s works, whereas issues of painting technique, workshop participation, and condition of extant pictures have received considerably less attention. Since 2010, the Bosch Research and Conservation Project has been studying these works using modern methods. The team has documented Bosch’s extant paintings with infrared reflectography and ultra high-resolution digital macro photography, both in infrared and visible light. Together with microscopic study of the paintings, this has enabled the team to write extensive and critical research reports describing the techniques and condition of the works, published in this extraordinary volume for the first time.

dis-9781909400092-1Susan Urbach, Early Netherlandish Painting in Budapest: Volume I and II (Brepols Publishers)

This is the first volume of a series of scholarly catalogues on Flemish paintings from the Szépművészeti Múzeum in Budapest. Written by Dr Susan Urbach – emeritus curator of the museum and renowned scholar of Northern Renaissance Art – with the assistance of curator Ágota Varga and picture-conservator András Fáy, the catalogue includes extensive entries and bibliographical references on 49 works dating from c. 1460 to c. 1540. The volume covers about a third of the entire collection of Flemish Painting from the 15th century through to the 17th and includes the latest results of scholarly research and technical analysis.

rpouswnqC. C. Wilson, Examining Giovanni Bellini: An Art ‘More Human and More Divine’ (Brepols Publishers)

This book presents a collection of fifteen essays on the Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini, one of the most innovative and influential artists of the Italian Renaissance. Long renowned for his embrace of oil technique, astute mastery of perspective, and development of landscape painting, Bellini has been admired across the ages as well for the profoundly human and deeply reverent character of his works. Aspects of Bellini’s world, his oeuvre, and his legacy are examined here through a diversity of approaches, many interdisciplinary and supported by the bibliographies of theoretical writings and of specialized fields rarely or not previously brought to bear on the pictures discussed. Topics represented include the study of medicine and healing plants, plant and animal symbolism, portraiture, liturgy, antique sources, material culture and market practices, textual analysis, and collecting and reception.

 

 

 

Book roundup: Medieval architecture

All is thriving in medieval architecture publishing from the Romanesque to the Late Gothic: here are some very special books that have been published in the last few months.

As always do let us know of any recently-published medieval art history books you would like us to include in a book roundup – we would be happy to let people to know about them!

 

978-0-271-06645-5[1]Tom Nickson – Toledo Cathedral: Building Histories in Medieval Castile (Penn State University Press)

Medieval Toledo is famous as a center of Arabic learning and as a home to sizable Jewish, Muslim, and Christian communities. Yet its cathedral—one of the largest, richest, and best preserved in all of Europe—is little known outside Spain. In Toledo Cathedral, Tom Nickson provides the first in-depth analysis of the cathedral’s art and architecture. Focusing on the early thirteenth to the late fourteenth century, he examines over two hundred years of change and consolidation, tracing the growth of the cathedral in the city as well as the evolution of sacred places within the cathedral itself. Nickson goes on to consider this substantial monument in terms of its location in Toledo, Spain’s most cosmopolitan city in the medieval period. He also addresses the importance and symbolic significance of Toledo’s cathedral to the city and the art and architecture of the medieval Iberian Peninsula, showing how it fits in with broader narratives of change in the arts, culture, and ideology of the late medieval period in Spain and in Mediterranean Europe as a whole.

Tom Nickson is Lecturer in Medieval Art and Architecture at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.



1400.medium[1]Costanza Beltrami – Building a Crossing Tower: A Design for Rouen Cathedral of 1516 (Paul Holberton Publishing)

Prompted by the recent discovery of an impressive three-metre tall late Gothic drawing of a soaring tower and spire, this book offers a rare insight into the processes of designing and building a major Gothic project. The drawing’s place and date of creation are unknown, and it corresponds to no surviving Gothic tower. Equally mysterious is the three-quarter, top-down perspective from which the tower is represented, without parallel in any other medieval drawings. Who drew this? When? And what did he hope to convey with his choice of a top-down representation of the tower? Building a Crossing Tower explores these questions, and uncovers the dramatic circumstances in which this drawing was created.

Costanza Beltrami is a PhD student at The Courtauld Institute of Art, London.


9781783270842[1]Ron Baxter – The Royal Abbey of Reading (Boydell and Brewer)

Reading Abbey was built by King Henry I to be a great architectural statement and his own mausoleum, as well as a place of resort and a staging point for royal itineraries for progresses in the west and south-west of England. From the start it was envisaged as a monastic site with a high degree of independence from the church hierarchy; it was granted enormous holdings of land and major religious relics to attract visitors and pilgrims, and no expense was spared in providing a church comparable in size and splendour with anything else in England.
However, in architectural terms, the abbey has, until recently, remained enigmatic, mainly because of the efficiency with which it was destroyed at the Reformation. Only recently has it become possible to bring together the scattered evidence – antiquarian drawings and historic records along with a new survey of the standing remains – into a coherent picture. This richly illustrated volume provides the first full account of the abbey, from foundation to dissolution, and offers a new virtual reconstruction of the church and its cloister; it also shows how the abbey formed the backdrop to many key historical events.

Ron Baxter is the Research Director of the Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland.

Book round up: L’aventure des cathédrales, Le cloître de Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, La scultura in Valnerina tra i secoli XIV e XVI: Scoperte e nuove proposte, Cisterciensi: Arte e storia & Byzantine Art and Italian Panel Painting: The Virgin and Child Hodegetria and the Art of Chrysography

Five recent publications that may be of interest to our readers:

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GÉRARD DENIZEAU.  L’aventure des cathédrales, Larousse, 2015, 128 p. ISBN: 978-2035923455

The story of cathedral construction, told through the involvement of the artisans (carpenters, blacksmiths, masons, masters of stained glass and more).

 

 

 

scultura-valnerina-239x330DIEGO MATTEI. La scultura in Valnerina tra i secoli XIV e XVI: Scoperte e nuove proposte. Dal Formichiere, 2015, 103 p. ISBN: 978-8898428564

New research into the sculptural traditions of the Valnerina region,  containing  many hitherto little known or unpublished works.

 

 

 

cloitre-genis-184x330GÉRALDINE MALLET. Le cloître de Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, Trabucaire, 2015, 80 p.ISBN: 978-2849742167

A study of the medieval cloister of Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines, often described as a “jewel” of the Romanesque.

 

 

 

 

cisterciensi-arte-253x330TERRYL N. KINDER; ROBERTO CASSANELLI (ed.). Cisterciensi. Arte e storia, Jaca Book, 2015, 432 p. ISBN: 978-8816604414

An analysis of Cistercian art, culture, contribution and life from the twelfth century to the present, with 40 contributions from international scholars.

 

 

 

byzantine-hodegetria-238x330JAROSLAV FOLDA. Byzantine Art and Italian Panel Painting: The Virgin and Child Hodegetria and the Art of Chrysography, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 424 p. ISBN: 978-1107010239

Tracing the transformation of the Hodegetria, from the Byzantine virgin as human mother of God, to the Italian Madonna enthroned as Queen of Heaven.