New Publication: Natural Light in Medieval Churches, edited by Vladimir Ivanovici and Alice Isabella Sullivan, published by Brill

Inside Christian churches, natural light has long been harnessed to underscore theological, symbolic, and ideological statements. In this volume, twenty-four international scholars with various specialties explore how the study of sunlight can reveal essential aspects of the design, decoration, and function of medieval sacred spaces.  Themes covered include the interaction between patrons, advisors, architects, andContinue reading “New Publication: Natural Light in Medieval Churches, edited by Vladimir Ivanovici and Alice Isabella Sullivan, published by Brill”

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New publication: ‘Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece’ edited by Amanda Luyster

This volume, published by Brepols, reveals the impact that art objects manufactured in the Islamic and Byzantine Mediterranean had on the medieval visual culture of England.  It also addresses the complex phenomenon of the Crusades, in which both violence and dynamic cultural interaction coexisted. A carefully integrated group of studies begins with the so-called “Chertsey”Continue reading “New publication: ‘Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece’ edited by Amanda Luyster”

New Publication: ‘Il Breviario-Messale Di Salerno Del Museo Leone Di Vercelli. Una Nuova Fonte Per La Storia Dell’Arte, Della Cultura E Della Liturgia’, edited by Maddalena Vaccaro and Gionata Brusa

The extraordinary discovery of a Breviary-Missal at the Leone Museum in Vercelli has brought tolight the oldest known evidence of Salerno’s liturgy, which dates back to the years of ArchbishopRomualdo II Guarna (1153-1181). The manuscript joins a group of codices kept at the “SanMatteo” Diocesan Museum in Salerno, and provides many hitherto unpublished codicological,musicological, andContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Il Breviario-Messale Di Salerno Del Museo Leone Di Vercelli. Una Nuova Fonte Per La Storia Dell’Arte, Della Cultura E Della Liturgia’, edited by Maddalena Vaccaro and Gionata Brusa”

New Publication: ‘Digital Codicology: Medieval Books and Modern Labor’ by Bridget Whearty

Medieval manuscripts are our shared inheritance, and today they are more accessible than ever—thanks to digital copies online. Yet for all that widespread digitization has fundamentally transformed how we connect with the medieval past, we understand very little about what these digital objects really are. We rarely consider how they are made or who makesContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Digital Codicology: Medieval Books and Modern Labor’ by Bridget Whearty”

New Publication: ‘Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece’, ed. by Amanda Luyster

Essays illuminate specific material contexts that similarly witness western Europe’s, and particularly England’s, engagement with the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean, including ceramics, textiles, relics and reliquaries, metalwork, coins, sculpture, and ivories.

New Publication: ‘Los animales en los Beatos. Representación, materialidad y retórica visual de su fauna apocalíptica (ca. 900-1248)’ by Nadia Mariana Consiglieri

Beatus illuminated manuscripts were mainly produced in the Iberian region but also in French and Italian territories between the 10th and 13th centuries when Beatus of Liébana’s Commentary on the Apocalypse was copied in monastic scriptoria. Depending on their origin and time, the versions of their animals were modified.

New Publication: ‘Inventing Late Antique Reliquaries. Reception, Material History, and Dynamics of Interaction (4th-6th Centuries CE)’ by Adrien Palladino

Tracing the medieval reliquary’s “pre-history”, this volume examines boxes bearing Christian images and patterns made between the fourth to the sixth century CE.

New Publication: ‘Transforming the Church Interior in Renaissance Florence’ by Joanne Allen

In this volume, Joanne Allen explores the widespread presence of screens and their role in Florentine social and religious life prior to the Counter-Reformation.