CFP: “L’Architettura normanna e il Mediterraneo. Dinamiche dell’interazione culturale” (Humboldt University, Berlin, due 31 July 2021)

The expansion of the Normans in medieval Europe and beyond is proving to be a wide and very rewarding field for research into the complex phenomenon of transcultural exchange processes.

New Publication: Monumental Sounds: Art and Listening Before Dante by Matthew G. Shoaf

Hearing is a far-reaching concern, to judge by printed and online efforts to improve it in business, law, medicine, higher education, and other areas. American democracy itself has been jeopardized by failures to listen, some have recently argued. Centuries ago, when anxieties ran high about people not hearing what they were ‘supposed’ to hear, remediesContinue reading “New Publication: Monumental Sounds: Art and Listening Before Dante by Matthew G. Shoaf”

New Publication: ‘Helgonskåp: Medieval Tabernacle Shrines in Sweden and Europe’ edited by Justin Kroesen and Peter Tångeberg

Find out more about Medieval Tabernacle Shrines (Helgonskåp) in Sweden and Europe in this new publication.

New Publication: ‘The Enclosed Garden and the Medieval Religious Imaginary’ by Liz Herbert McAvoy

During the Middle Ages, the arresting motif of the walled garden – especially in its manifestation as a sacred or love-inflected hortus conclusus – was a common literary device. Usually associated with the Virgin Mary or the Lady of popular romance, it appeared in myriad literary and iconographic forms, largely for its aesthetic, decorative and symbolic qualities.

New Publication: ‘Romanesque Tomb Effigies: Death and Redemption in Medieval Europe, 1000–1200’ by Shirin Fozi

Framed by evocative inscriptions, tumultuous historical events, and the ambiguities of Christian death, Romanesque tomb effigies were the first large-scale figural monuments for the departed in European art. In this book, Shirin Fozi explores these provocative markers of life and death, establishing early tomb figures as a coherent genre that hinged upon histories of failure and frustrated ambition.

New Publication: ‘Images and Indulgences in Early Netherlandish Painting’ by Miyako Sugiyama

book demonstrates the relationships between images and indulgences in fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century Netherlandish art. In the Roman Catholic Church, indulgences served as a way to reduce temporal punishment in purgatory for one’s sins. Indulgences could be obtained by reciting prayers and performing devotional practices.

New Publication: A Prophet Has Appeared: The Rise of Islam Through Christian and Jewish Eyes, A Sourcebook, by Stephen J. Shoemaker

This collection provides students and scholars with carefully selected, introduced, and annotated materials from non-Islamic sources dating to the early years of Islam. These can be read alone or alongside the Qur’an and later Islamic materials.

New Publication: Right and Left in Early Christian and Medieval Art by Robert Couzin

Heretofore largely unnoticed or ignored, the pre-eminence of the right and lapses or intentional departures from that norm in medieval imagery are relevant to such major themes as iconography, visuality, reception, narrative, form, gender, production, and patronage.

New Publication: ‘Beyond Words: New Research on Manuscripts in Boston Collections’, edited by Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anne-Marie Eze, Nancy Netzer, and William P. Stoneman

Developed out of a joint exhibition and conference held in the autumn of 2016, this collection of papers delivers ‘a broad overview of the history of patronage and book production over the course of the High and late Middle Ages, to the extent that the eclectic holdings of Boston-area institutions permitted’.