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The manuscript joins a group of codices kept at the “SanMatteo” Diocesan Museum in Salerno, and provides many hitherto unpublished codicological,musicological, andContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Il Breviario-Messale Di Salerno Del Museo Leone Di Vercelli.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: ‘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”