Concise, critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies

Eleventh to Fourteenth Century
Dissertations in Progress by Subject, 2018

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Aaron, Dustin, “Confronting the Wilderness Within: Visualizing Internal Colonization on the Medieval German Frontier, 1130-1220” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, R. Maxwell)

Bernstein, Meg, “Civil Service: English Parochial Architecture, 1170-1250” (UCLA, M. Cohen)

Boomer, Megan, “Landscapes of Salvation: Architecture and Memory in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem” (University of Pennsylvania, R. Ousterhout)

Bovenmyer, Peter, “Alternative Anatomies: Art, Science, and the Body in the Middle Ages” (University of Wisconsin–Madison, T. Dale)

Breidenthal, Magdalene, “Leaving 'Heaven on Earth': The Visual Codes of Middle Byzantine Church Exits” (Yale University, R. Nelson)

Cannizzo, Alicia, “Matter En Transir: The Transi Tomb and Theories of Matter in the Late Middle Ages” (Graduate Center, CUNY, C. Hahn)

Cataldo, Emogene, “Living Stones: An Ecology of Gothic Vegetal Sculpture, 1140-1330” (Columbia University, S. Murray)

Chapman, Stephanie, “‘Blessyngs with Blacke Beads’: An Investigation of Jet Objects in Medieval Britain” (University of Missouri, A. Stanton)

Cho, Yong, “Approaches to Materiality and Flatness: Mongol Imperial Patronage of Buddhist Art in Yuan China (1279-1368)” (Yale University, M. Yiengpruksawan)

Corrigan, Nicole, “The Virgin, the Saints, and the Reconquest: Marian Cult Images in Medieval Toledo and Iberia” (Emory University, E. Pastan)

Coyle, Alexander, “Frame and Format between Byzantium and Central Italy, 1200-1300” (Yale University, R. Nelson)

Dechant, D. Lyle. “ 'daz wir ein ander vinden fro': Readers and Performers of the Codex Manesse” (Yale University, J. Jung)

Du, Xiaohan, “On A Snowy Night: Yishan Yining (1247-1317) and the Development of Zen Calligraphy in Medieval Japan” (Columbia University, R. Harrist)

Ercan, Ayşe, “A City within the City: The Sacred Topography and Archaeology of the Mangana Quarter in Constantinople (330-1453 C.E.)” (Columbia University, H. Klein)

Fein, Ariel, “The Most Wondrous of Man-Made Works”: George of Antoch's Santa Maria dell'Ammiraglio and the Arab-Christian Community of Norman Sicily” (Yale University, R. Nelson)

Fidler, Luke, “Henry the Lion and the Art of Politics in Northern Europe, ca. 1142-1195” (University of Chicago, A. Kumler)

Gambert-Jouan, Anabelle, “Sculpture Groups of the Descent from the Cross in Medieval Italy and Iberia” (Yale University, J. Jung)

Golan, Tamara, “Hans Fries and Niklaus Manuel: Evidence, Inquiry, and Knowledge in Swiss Painting, 1430-1530” (Johns Hopkins U., M. Merback)

Hatef Naiemi, Atri, “A Dialogue Between Friends and Foes: Transcultural Interactions in the Ilkhanid Capital Cities (1256-1335 AD)” (University of Victoria, M. Milwright)

Hoge, Heather, “From Conqueror to King: Roger II’s Early Building Program of Cefalù Cathedral in a Multicultural Context” (Penn State, E. Smith)

Howells, SaraLouise, “Reviving Funerary Arts of Thirteenth-Century France: A Visual Study of Extant Tombs and Drawings of François Roger de Gaignières” (Penn State, E. Smith)

Jenson, Claire, “Power and Politics in the Liturgical Manuscripts of Renaud de Bar,” (University of Chicago, A. Kumler)

Kazani, Zahra, “Magical Incantation or Scientific Ingenuity? Recovering meanings of Arabic script patterns in Medieval Islam” (University of Victoria, M. Milwright)

King, Katherine, “Deliberate Defacement: Provocation and Response in Byzantine Illuminated Manuscripts” (Princeton, C. Barber)

Lansdowne, John, “Image Made Flesh: The Micromosaic Man of Sorrows at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome” (Princeton, C. Barber; John Hopkins, N. Zchomelidse)

Lombard, Jacqueline, “Creating Images, Creating Race: Color, Form, and Racial Identity in Tenth through Thirteenth-Century Images” (University of Pittsburgh, S. Fozi)

Lu, Qi, ”The Temporality of a Pastoral City: Qingzhou during the Liao Dynasty, 907-1125” (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, W. Lin)

Maceross, Lauren, “The 'pulchritudo rationis' of Human Organs: On a Physiological Poetics of Late Medieval Containers” (Johns Hopkins University, C. Lakey)

Majeski, Anna, “Visualizing the Cosmos from Fourteenth-Century Padua: From Francesco da Barberino to Giusto de’Menabuoi” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, A. Nagel)

Mann, Justin, “Assembling a Monastic Landscape: Middle Byzantine Monasticism in Central Greece” (University of Virginia, F. Kondyli)

Marzullo, Francesca, “The Figure and the Threshold: Devotional Overdoors in Medieval and Renaissance Italy” (Columbia University, M. Cole)

McCann, Allison, “Manuscripts at Court and Convent: Patronage, Gender, and Image-Making in Fourteenth-Century Bohemia” (University of Pittsburgh, S. Fozi)

Mednyánszky, Orsolya, “Leben Jesu: A Pictorial Meditation on Christ’s Virtues in Late Medieval German Manuscripts” (Johns Hopkins University, M. Merback)

Mellon, Diana, “Painting, Miracles, and Vernacular Healthcare in the Early Italian Renaissance” (Columbia University, M. Cole and D. Freedberg)

Michael, Kelin, “Word, Image, and Copy: The Reception of Hrabanus Maurus's In honorem sanctae crucis, 810-1600 CE” (Emory University, E. Pastan)

Muehlbauer, Mikael, “’Bastions of the Cross,’: Medieval Rock-cut Cruciform Churches of Tigray, Ethiopia” (Columbia University, S. Murray)

Oing, Michelle, “The Reliquary and the Puppet: Visual and Kinetic Mimesis in Medieval and Early Modern Sculpture” (Yale University, J. Jung)

Pesenti, Roberto, “Artistic Interaction between France and Venice in the Gothic Era” (Columbia University, H. Klein)

Pollick, Brian A, “Hell to Pay: Money, Merchants and the Visualization of Morality in Trecento, Italy” (University of Victoria, C. Harding)

Rancour, Brittany, “The Visual Language of Identity: Women’s Seals in Scotland and Ireland, c. 1100–1400” (University of Missouri, A. Stanton)

Ruppar, Rebecca, “The Painted Panels of the Early Franciscans as a Response to the Cathar Heresy” (University of Missouri, A. Stanton)

Schwarz, Martin, “The Scholastic City: Philosophy in the Streets of Medieval Paris (c. 1150-c. 1320)” (University of Chicago, A. Kumler)

Shartrand, Emily, “Sexual Warfare in the Margins of Two Late-Thirteenth-Century Franco Flemish Arthurian Romance Manuscripts” (University of Delaware, L. Nees)

Sullo, Nicole Paxton, “The Art of Memory in Byzantium during the Later Middle Ages” (Yale University, R. Nelson)

Summers, Mark, “Reframing Relics: The Materiality of Monstrance Reliquaries” (University of Wisconsin-Madison, T. Dale)

Verrot, Trevor, “Sculpted Lamentation Groups in the Late Medieval Veneto” (Yale University, J. Jung)

Walton, Ann, “Lincoln Castle: The Afterlife of an English Urban Castle” (Penn State, E. Smith)

Wang, Alexis, “Intermedial Effects, Sanctified Surfaces: Framing Devotional Objects in Italian Medieval Church Decoration” (Columbia University, H. Klein)

Witty, John, “The Santa Chiara Polyptych and the Architecture of Devotion in Fourteenth-Century Venice” (Emory University, C. J. Campbell)

Yeganehfarzand, Seyedhamed, “From Escape to State: Castles and the Formation of Nizari Isma’ili State in Quhistan, Iran” (University of Victoria, M. Milwright)

Yiu, Shek On John, “Shi-oriented Figure Painting in Northern Song China, c.1040-c.1090” (Institute of Fine Arts/NYU, J. Hay)