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Conference: Book Ornament and Luxury Critique, Zurich 16.09. – 17.09.2022

The research group “Textures of Sacred Scripture. Materials and Semantics of Sacred Book Ornament” is organizing a two-day international conference on “Book Ornament and Luxury Critique”. The conference, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, will take place at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich from 16 to 17 September 2022. Registration is required by 12.09.2022: thomas.rainer@uzh.ch. A Zoom link will be provided for participants who cannot attend in person. For more information and the program…

Reviews

  • Thomas Rainer: Review Elina Gertsman, The Absent Image: Lacunae in Medieval Books University Park: Penn State University Press, 2021 in: caa.review.2022.35 http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/3983
  • David Ganz: Review Richard K. Emmerson, Apocalypse Illuminated: The Visual Exegesis of Revelation in Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts, University Park (Pennsylvania), Pennsylvania State University Press, 2018, in: Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, 256 (2021), 393-394. https://journals.openedition.org/ccm/8786
  • David Ganz: Review Das Gerresheimer Evangeliar. Eine spätottonische Prachthandschrift als Geschichtsquelle (Forschungen zu Kunst, Geschichte und Literatur desMittelalters, 1), hg. von Klaus Gereon Beuckers und Beate Johlen Budnik, Köln 2016 – Das Sakramentar aus Tyniec. Eine Prachthandschrift des 11. Jahrhunderts und die Beziehungen zwischen Köln und Polen in der Zeit Kasimir des Erneuerers (Forschungen zu Kunst, Geschichte und Literatur des Mittelalters, 3), hg. von Klaus Gereon Beuckers und Andreas Bihrer unter Mitarbeit von Ursula Prinz, Köln 2018 – Das Jüngere Evangeliar aus St. Georg in Köln. Untersuchungen zum Lyskirchen-Evangeliar (Forschungen zu Kunst, Geschichte und Literatur des Mittelalters, 5), hg. von Klaus Gereon Beuckers und Anna Pawlik, Köln 2019, in: Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch, 56 (2021), 146-156. https://mjb.hiersemann.de/index.php/mjb/article/view/273
  • Thomas Rainer: Review Petr Voit, Kostbare Bucheinbände der Stiftsbibliothek Strahov in Prag. Von der Gotik an die Schwelle des Barocks, in: Umení/ Art, 69 (2021), 222-224. https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/212242/1/Rainer_Review_Voit.pdf
  • Katharina Theil: Review Kristin Böse, Von den Rändern gedacht. Visuelle Rahmungsstrategien in Handschriften der Iberischen Halbinsel, Köln / Weimar / Wien 2019, in: sehepunkte 21 (2021), Nr. 6 [15.06.2021], URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2021/06/33494.html
  • David Ganz: Review Karl-Georg Pfändtner (Hrsg.): Gold und Bücher lieb ich sehr …. 480 Jahre Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg. Die Cimelien (Katalog zur Cimelien-Ausstellung vom 19.10.–15.12.2017), Luzern: Quarternio Verlag 2017, in: Rottenburger Jahrbuch für Kirchengeschichte, 39 (2020), 509-511. https://www.recensio-regio.net/rezensionen/zeitschriften/rjkg/39-2020/ReviewMonograph738190367
  • David Ganz: Review Beatrice Kitzinger, The Cross, the Gospels, and the Work of Art in the Carolingian Age, Cambridge University Press 2019, in: The Art Bulletin, 102 (2020), 133-135. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00043079.2020.1755571
  • 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)

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

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

Recent advances in the technical analysis of purple colorants have spurred new interest in the aesthetics of purple ornament in medieval manuscripts. This most prestigious embellishment associated with imperial splendor underwent stunning transformations between the 6th and the 12th century. Purple dyes (mostly produced from lichens) were not only used to color the entire parchment surfaces ofContinue reading “Workshop: Shades of Purple – Purple Ornament in Medieval Manuscripts, Zurich 25.11. – 26.11.2021”

Handbook

  • 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.

TEXTILES

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”

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