Virtual Book Launch: ‘From Granada to Berlin: The Alhambra Cupola’ by Anna McSweeney, Wednesday 30 September 6pm (GMT)

Presented by The Royal Asiatic Society, The Islamic Art Circle and the Friends of the Museum for Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum.

New Publication: The Visualization of Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, edited by Marcia Kupfer, Adam Cohen, and J. H. Chajes

This collection of essays by leading scholars reflects new interest in how graphic devices contributed to the production of knowledge during a formative period of European history.

New Publication: The Library of the Dukes of Burgundy, edited by Bernard Bousmanne and Elena Savini

Very richly illustrated, this volume re-frames this exceptional library within its political, economic, historical and artistic context, examining closely both scholarly literature and more than sixty manuscripts considered to be the jewels of the Library.

New Publication: Ritual, Gender, and Narrative in Late Medieval Italy: Fina Buzzacarini and the Baptistery of Padua, by Anne Derbes

This volume is the first English-language study of the baptistery of Padua and its extraordinarily rich fresco program, commissioned by a woman, Fina Buzzacarini, in the 1370s. She had the sacred space reshaped into a family mausoleum, though it continued to function as the town’s baptistery.

New Publication: Fra Angelico: Painter, Friar, Mystic, by Timothy Verdon

Praised by his contemporaries, by later art historians, and by generations of viewers, Fra Angelico’s art is known for its exceptional combination of piety and painterly skill. In this book, Monsignor Verdon explores the spiritual and mystical foundations of the friar-painter’s work, and traces his artistic evolution from his early work, to the frescoes for the covent of San Marco in Florence, his Annunciations, and the chapel for Pope Niccolò V.

New Publication: The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology, edited by Bethany Walker, Timothy Insoll, & Corisande Fenwick

Born from the fields of Islamic art and architectural history, the archaeological study of the Islamic societies is a relatively young discipline. With its roots in the colonial periods of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, its rapid development since the 1980s warrants a reevaluation of where the field stands today. This Handbook representsContinue reading “New Publication: The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Archaeology, edited by Bethany Walker, Timothy Insoll, & Corisande Fenwick”

New Publication: A Globalised Visual Culture?: Towards a Geography of Late Antique Art, edited by Fabio Guidetti & Katharina Meinecke

Late Antique artefacts, and the images they carry, attest to a highly connected visual culture from ca. 300 to 800 C.E. On the one hand, the same decorative motifs and iconographies are found across various genres of visual and material culture, irrespective of social and economic differences among their users – for instance in mosaics, architectural decoration, and luxury arts (silver plate, textiles, ivories), as well as in everyday objects such as tableware, lamps, and pilgrim vessels.

New Publication: Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Europe, by Caroline Walker Bynum

From an acclaimed historian, a mesmerizing account of how medieval European Christians envisioned the paradoxical nature of holy objects. Between the twelfth and the sixteenth centuries, European Christians used in worship a plethora of objects, not only prayer books, statues, and paintings but also pieces of natural materials, such as stones and earth, considered toContinue reading “New Publication: Dissimilar Similitudes: Devotional Objects in Late Medieval Europe, by Caroline Walker Bynum”

New Publication: Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages, edited by Maria Alessia Rossi & Alice Isabella Sullivan

Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages, edited by Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan, engages with issues of cultural contact and patronage, as well as the transformation and appropriation of Byzantine artistic, theological, and political models, alongside local traditions, across Eastern Europe.