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”

New Publication: “Medieval Europe in Motion 3. The Circulation of Jurists, Legal Manuscripts and Artistic, Cultural and Legal Practices in Medieval Europe (13th-15th centuries)”. Introduction by M.J. Branco; Conclusions by M. Ascheri, Palermo, Officina di Studi Medievali, 2021

The knowledge of movement is of crucial importance in carrying out cultural and intellectual processes: it is not only a physical action but also a factor of communication and exchange which facilitates dialogue and interaction between different territories and cultures. The main objective of the essays in this volume is to analyse the phenomena ofContinue reading “New Publication: “Medieval Europe in Motion 3. The Circulation of Jurists, Legal Manuscripts and Artistic, Cultural and Legal Practices in Medieval Europe (13th-15th centuries)”. Introduction by M.J. Branco; Conclusions by M. Ascheri, Palermo, Officina di Studi Medievali, 2021″

New Publication: Arte y liturgia en los monasterios de dominicas en Castilla. Desde los orígenes hasta la reforma observante (1218-1506) by Mercedes Pérez Vidal

Art and liturgy in the Dominican female monasteries in Castile. From the beginnings to the Observant reform (1218-1506) In 1218, Saint Dominic founded in Madrid the second female monastery (after Prouilhe) of the Order of Preachers, and the first in the Iberian Peninsula. Coinciding with the 800th anniversary of the founder’s death in 1221, this longContinue reading “New Publication: Arte y liturgia en los monasterios de dominicas en Castilla. Desde los orígenes hasta la reforma observante (1218-1506) by Mercedes Pérez Vidal”

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.