New Publication: ‘The Absent Image: Lacunae in Medieval Books’ by Elina Gertsman

Elina Gertsman argues that Gothic art, in its attempts to grapple with the unrepresentability of the invisible, actively engages emptiness, voids, gaps, holes, and erasures.

New Publication: ‘The Birth of the Author: Pictorial Prefaces in Glossed Books of the Twelfth Century’ by Jeffrey F. Hamburger

This book argues that the images devised to accompany medieval commentaries, whether on the Bible or on classical texts, made claims to authority, even inspiration, that at times were even more forceful than those made by the texts themselves. Paradoxically, it was in the context of commentaries that modern concep­tions of independent authorship first were forged. 

New Publication: ‘Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800–1500’, by Jeffrey F. Hamburger & Joshua O’Driscoll

‘Imperial Splendor’ accompanies the exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum with the same title. This book presents in beautiful colour the fascinating history of book production and use within the Holy Roman Empire over the course of 700 years.

New Publication: ‘The Medieval Monastery of Saint Elijah: A History in Paint and Stone’ by Alison Perchuk

A methodologically ambitious, sumptuously illustrated, and erudite study of a twelfth-century monastery near Rome that offers a compelling biography of a neglected Romanesque jewel as well as evocative multisensory readings of its architecture, frescoes, and sculpture.

New Publication: ‘Silver Saints: Prayers and Badges in Late Medieval Books’ by Hanneke van Asperen

‘Silver Saints’ discusses the religious life of lay people in the late Middle Ages and the meaning of badges in books, both the painted motifs in beautifully decorated manuscripts and many traces of original badges.

New Publication: Santa Maria Antiqua: The Sistine Chapel of the Early Middle Ages

Lavishly illustrated and containing the most recent images and research on this unique church,  this is an essential resource for early medieval historians  and archeologists working on Rome, the medieval West and Byzantium.

New Publication: Tributes to Paul Binski: Medieval Gothic: Art, Architecture & Ideas

Honoring the scholarship of Richard K. Emmerson, this collection interrogates the concept of interdisciplinarity through a set of essays that traverse the traditional boundaries of various fields in medieval studies.

New Publication: Color in Cusanus, by Jeffrey F. Hamburger

Jeffrey F. Hamburger is the Kuno Francke Professor of German Art & Culture at Harvard University and an internationally renowned expert on sacred art of the high and late Middle Ages, in particular on the function of images in theology, mysticism and piety, as well as for manuscript illumination.

New Publication: Tributes to Richard K. Emmerson: Crossing Medieval Disciplines, edited by Deirdre Carter, Elina Gertsman, and Karlyn Griffith

Honoring the scholarship of Richard K. Emmerson, this collection interrogates the concept of interdisciplinarity through a set of essays that traverse the traditional boundaries of various fields in medieval studies.

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.