joined the faculty at Stanford in 2003 after teaching as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. D from Harvard in 2001 with a dissertation on the cult of the Virgin in Byzantium.The best of Southern California Medieval Grad students (all are Ph D candidates in Medieval History, UCLA): Dana Polanichka: Precious Stones, Living Temples: The Sacred Space of Carolingian Churches; Alison Perchuk: Architecture, Art & Identity in Twelfth-Century Lazio: The Basilica of Sant'Elia near Nepi; Ned Schoolman: Beyond the Grave: Bishops and Burial in Early Medieval Ravenna.The Byzantines called this spectacle of polymorphous appearances , enriching this approach with the exploration of Byzantine poetic texts.
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- Roy Mize: Eilmer - The Flying Monk of Malmesbury - the story of a medieval monk who thought he could fly.
- Mary Fischer: Les Santons de Provence - Mary's extensive collection of hand-made terra cotta Nativity figures from Provence honors a tradition that dates to medieval times.
For more than a thousand years, pilgrims from all over Europe have walked to Santiago de Compostela, believed to be the burial place of the Apostle James.
In the Middle Ages, half a million people a year flocked to this holy place, trekking over the Pyrenees and all the way across Spain.
Conrad Rudolph has made this grueling journey, walking 2½ months and 1,000 miles from central France.
His chronicle melds the ancient and the contemporary, the spiritual and the physical, encompassing historical study and reflections on the ancient traditions of pilgrimage. Like The Da Vinci Code, the search for an archetype for the unusual choir of the Temple Church traverses a vast terrain, from London to Canterbury to Jerusalem.
Stanford University Department of Art and Art History 2008/09 art history lecture series: Thursday, April 16, starting at pm.
Location: Nathan Cummings Art Building, Stanford (435 Lasuen Mall, room AR2).
The destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in 2001, the (orchestrated and spontaneous) defacement of political imagery after the invasion of Iraq, and the recent controversy about caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad all highlighted the paradoxical power of images even in an era saturated by them.