Lecture: David Ganz: Writing in Gold: On the Aesthetics and the Ideology of Chrysography (online, 21.04.2021, 12:15-13:45)

Lecture Series: Actualité de la recherche, University of Geneva, Département d’ histoire de l’ art et de musicologie, Unité d’ histoire de l’ art and HEAD – Genève, organized by Anthony Masure, Christelle Granite-Noble, Henri de Riedmatten and Alessia Alfieri. For more information click here Zoom link: https://unige.zoom.us/j/99445818536 The lecture is open to the public.

Lecture: Thomas Rainer: Cover and Covers. Materials and Semantics of Female Donor Inscriptions on Metals and Textiles — The Inscription on the Golden Book Covers of the Lombard Queen Theodelinda and its Textile Parallels (online, 01.04.2021, 15:30-16:00)

Study Day: Research Field B Inscribing Spaces: Inscribing Metal, Cluster of Excellence “Understanding Written Artefacts”, University of Hamburg, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, organized by Kaja Harter-Uibopuu.

Lecture: David Ganz: Schrift-Bilder. Buch und Vision in mittelalterlichen Apokalypsedarstellungen (online, 18.03.2021, 19:00)

Conference “Gesicht und Handschrift. Transzendente Begründung und Authentifikation in mittelalterlichen Visionen”. Akademie der Diözese Rottenburg – Stuttgart, 18.03. – 20.03.2021. In Zusammenarbeit mit dem DFG-Projekt “Vergänglichkeit und Ewigkeit” (Universität Kiel und Universität Köln) und dem Arbeitskreis für hagiographische Fragen. For more information about the speakers, schedule and program of the online conference click here

CFP: Workshop: Shades of Purple – Purple Ornament in Medieval Manuscripts, Zurich 25.11. – 26.11.2021

We invite paper proposals for a two-day workshop on purple ornament in medieval manuscripts, scheduled to take place at the Chair of Medieval Art History at the University of Zurich on 25 and 26 November 2021.  Proposals should be submitted by 30 April 2021. Recent advances in the technical analysis of purple colorants have spurred new interestContinue reading “CFP: Workshop: Shades of Purple – Purple Ornament in Medieval Manuscripts, Zurich 25.11. – 26.11.2021”


The Handbook of Medieval Book Ornament aims to give a survey of up-to-date research on the materials, the techniques and the semantics of deluxe manuscripts in the Western Middle Ages. It will comprise over 150 articles written by specialists of the respective topic.


Thomas Rainer: Review Anna Bücheler, Ornament as Argument. Textile Pages and Textile Metaphors in Early Medieval Manuscripts, Berlin / Boston 2019, in: Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, 2021 (in print)

David Ganz: Review Beatrice Kitzinger, The Cross, the Gospels and the Work of Art in the Carolingian Age, in: The Art Bulletin, 102, 2020, 133-135


In the Middle Ages, textiles were variously used to preserve manuscripts, to increase their preciousness, to protect their bindings and their images, and to enhance the devotional experience of the reader. Along with other luxury goods like gold, ivory and precious stones, textile elements were one of the most often used; at the same time,Continue reading “TEXTILES”


Although precious stones constitute one of the most important ornamental elements of sacred scripture during the Middle Ages, their close association has never been systematically analyzed. As three-dimensional material entities mounted on the outer surfaces of codices, stones contribute to a transformation of the layers of written parchment into an object with sculptural qualities. WithContinue reading “PRECIOUS STONES”