elcome to the Spring 2013 issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture
. It is
with great pleasure that we present a special issue devoted to medieval mapping, guest-edited by Asa Mittman and Dan Terkla. Medieval maps have long intrigued scholars. Although they sometimes illustrated geographical realities, far more often they reflected political and religious world views and attempts to understand history and its place within the mysterious plans of God. The six essays in this issue explore notions of religous, social, and art history with special emphasis on the Holy Land and of world maps (mappa mundi
) and how each reflected ever-changing ideals. Written by some of the most important scholars, including Ingrid Baumgärtner, Gerda Brunnlechner, Marcia Kupfer, Asa Mittman, Bettina Schoeller, and Diarmiud Scully, this issue promises to bring new critical attention to medieval cartography.
We are adding a regular section on ideas associated with teaching medieval art and architecture. In this issue are short articles titled “3-D Medieval Art & Architectural History” and “Not your Father’s Medieval Art: Contemporary Medieval Inspiration and Interaction” which suggest new approaches using digital and printing technology and humorous contemporary interaction. The “Featured Website,” that of Flickr, brings to the fore tens of thousands of images of medieval art and architecture that can be used for teaching and research.
This issue also includes an expanded Discoveries section with information on re-discovered
treasures, hidden documents, significant re-attributions (who will be the first art historian to write about the Capitoline Wolf as a work of medieval sculpture?), cats that
walk across manuscripts, early evidence of spectacles, a new portrait of Louis I, medieval graffiti at Norwich Cathedral, and a scale model of the Florence Cathedral dome.
As we enter our second decade of publication, we are making changes to the format and coverage of the journal. In 2002, there were few easily accessible
sources that listed calls for papers, conferences to attend, and publishing opportunities in a timely manner, but now such sources abound (H-ArtHist on H-Net as well as other online sources). To that end, we will no longer list these, though we will still feature museum and gallery exhibitions of medieval art.
The Photobank database continues to serve as a resource for scholars and teachers. Recent uploads include details of English parish churches. Please note that our Photobank has undergone considerable renovation and is now part of the Ohio Digital Resource Commons (DRC) at Kenyon College. You can search by either typing in a key word or name in the Search DRC box (e.g. Canterbury) or click on the Peregrinations link in the list of Communities in DRC, and there you will have access to a full text search. The Photobank continues to grow with copyright-free images all downloadable for use in research and teaching.
For future issues we are actively seeking articles on any aspect of medieval art and architecture, including: long and short scholarly articles, scholarly book reviews, review articles on issues facing the field of medieval art history, interesting notes and announcements, useful website recommendations, new archeological discoveries, and recent museum acquisitions. We are interested in publishing articles that will undergo double-blind review as well as those which are subject only to regular editing process, including articles that are the result of preliminary research. We are also looking for images to add to our photobank, to be shared and used by anyone in the classroom and in their research. To round out the scholarly portion of the journal, we are also seeking short, amusing excerpts from medieval sources, comments on the Middle Ages in movies and popular culture, etc.
gain, welcome to Peregrinations
. Any suggestions or comments you have concerning the journal would be most welcome. Please feel free to e-mail us at: Sarah Blick (editor)
Our grateful appreciation and thanks for partial funding provided by Kenyon College. Technical Advisor: John Pepple. Artistic Advisor: Karen Gerhart.