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.

New Publication: Christian Maps of the Holy Land: Images and Meanings, by Pnina Arad

This book offers a way of reading maps of the Holy Land as visual imagery with religious connotations. Through a corpus of representative examples created between the sixth and the nineteenth centuries, it studies the maps as iconic imagery of an iconic landscape and analyses their strategies to manifest the spiritual quality of the biblical topography, to support religious tenets, and to construct and preserve cultural memory.

New Publication: Die Hildesheimer Emailarbeiten des 12. und 13. Jahrhunderts, by Dorothee Kemper

This volume for the first time systematically catalogs medieval Hildesheim champlevé scattered in collections around the world. The products from these local workshops differ from those in large centers for enamel production on the Rhine and Meuse in that they reflect the upholding of local historical tradition by religious elites in the 12th century, as well as the beginnings of mass production for export.

New Publication: Diagramming Devotion: Berthold of Nuremberg’s Transformation of Hrabanus Maurus’s Poems in Praise of the Cross, by Jeffrey F. Hamburger

During the European Middle Ages, diagrams provided a critical tool of analysis in cosmological and theological debates. In addition to drawing relationships among diverse areas of human knowledge and experience, diagrams themselves generated such knowledge in the first place. In Diagramming Devotion, Jeffrey F. Hamburger examines two monumental works that are diagrammatic to their core: aContinue reading “New Publication: Diagramming Devotion: Berthold of Nuremberg’s Transformation of Hrabanus Maurus’s Poems in Praise of the Cross, by Jeffrey F. Hamburger”