New Publication: ‘Germigny-l’Exempt ou les Trois Deniers de Gaspard’ by Emmanuel Legeard

This book aims to situate the art and architecture of the French medieval church of Germigny-l’Exempt within the global historical context of the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries.

New Publication: ‘Saint Cecilia in the Renaissance: The Emergence of a Musical Icon’ by John A. Rice

This study uncovers how Saint Cecilia came to be closely associated with music and musicians. Until the fifteenth century, Saint Cecilia was not connected with music. She was perceived as one of many virgin martyrs, with no obvious musical skills or interests. During the next two centuries, however, she inspired many musical works written inContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Saint Cecilia in the Renaissance: The Emergence of a Musical Icon’ by John A. Rice”

New publication: ‘Illuminating Metalwork. Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts’, edited by Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing

The presence of gold, silver, and other metals is a hallmark of decorated manuscripts, the very characteristic that makes them “illuminated.” Medieval artists often used metal pigment and leaf to depict metal objects both real and imagined, such as chalices, crosses, tableware, and even idols; the luminosity of these representations contrasted pointedly with the surroundingContinue reading “New publication: ‘Illuminating Metalwork. Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts’, edited by Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing”

New publication: ‘An Artful Relic. The Shroud of Turin in Baroque Italy’, by Andrew R. Casper

In 1578, a fourteen-foot linen sheet bearing the faint bloodstained imprint of a human corpse was presented to tens of thousands of worshippers in Turin, Italy, as one of the original shrouds used to prepare Jesus Christ’s body for entombment. From that year into the next century, the Shroud of Turin emerged as Christianity’s preeminentContinue reading “New publication: ‘An Artful Relic. The Shroud of Turin in Baroque Italy’, by Andrew R. Casper”

New Publication: Harmony in Bright Colors. Memling’s God the Father with Singing and Music-Making Angels Restored

Includes a CD with a compilation of representative fifteenth-century musical pieces performed on reconstructed versions of the instruments shown in Memling’s panels. Hans Memling’s God the Father with Singing and Music-making Angels formed the upper register of an enormous polyptych painted for the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria la Real in Nájera, Spain. The three large panelContinue reading “New Publication: Harmony in Bright Colors. Memling’s God the Father with Singing and Music-Making Angels Restored”

New Publication: The Ghent Altarpiece, Research and Conservation of the Interior: The Lower Register

Written by: G. Steyaert, M. Postec, J. Sanyova, H. Dubois With observations, research and documents by:Painting Conservators-Restorers: K. Froyen, N. Laquière, L. Mortiaux, F. Rosier, B. Devolder, C. de BoulardChemical Research Scientists: G. Van der Snickt, F. Mederos-Henry, C. Glaude, F. Vanmeert, S. De Meyer, S. Legrand, A.  Coudray, S. Kuckova, K. JanssensSpecialists in Scientific Imagery and Photography:Continue reading “New Publication: The Ghent Altarpiece, Research and Conservation of the Interior: The Lower Register”

New Publication: The Corpse in the Middle Ages: Embalming, Cremating, and the Cultural Construction of the Dead Body by Romedio Schmitz-Esser

To what extent are the dead truly dead? In medieval society, corpses were assigned special functions and meanings in several different ways. They were still present in the daily life of the family of the deceased, and could even play active roles in the life of the community. Taking the materiality of death as aContinue reading “New Publication: The Corpse in the Middle Ages: Embalming, Cremating, and the Cultural Construction of the Dead Body by Romedio Schmitz-Esser”

New Publication: Marian Devotion in the Late Middle Ages. Image and Performance, Edited By Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, and Gerhard Jaritz

By the late Middle Ages, manifestations of Marian devotion had become multifaceted andcovered all aspects of religious, private and personal life. Mary becomes a universal presencethat accompanies the faithful on pilgrimage, in dreams, as holy visions, and as pictorialrepresentations in church space and domestic interiors. The first part of the volume traces thedevelopment of MarianContinue reading “New Publication: Marian Devotion in the Late Middle Ages. Image and Performance, Edited By Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, and Gerhard Jaritz”