New Publication: Seeking Transparency: Rock Crystals Across the Medieval Mediterranean, Edited by Cynthia Hahn and Avinoam Shalem

All the while, royal courts and wealthy churches were eager patrons for the luxurious objects given that rock crystal was valued as one of the most desirable and precious of all materials, ascribed mysterious origins and powers, and renowned for both rarity and clarity. This collection of essays reveals the global and cross-cultural histories of rock-crystal production in and even beyond the lands of the Mediterranean Sea.

Conference: Seeking Transparency, Florence, 19-20 May 2017

Seeking Transparency: The Medieval Rock Crystals International Conference Florence, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai, Via dei Servi 51, May 19 – 20, 2017 Organized by Avinoam Shalem (Riggio Professor, Arts of Islam, Department of art history and Archaeology, Columbia University, NYC) and Cynthia Hahn (Professor of Art History, Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College,Continue reading “Conference: Seeking Transparency, Florence, 19-20 May 2017”