Welcome to the Spring 2014 issue of Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture. It is with great pleasure that we present an issue that goes back to our roots with a focus on pilgrimage and pilgrimage art. Roger E. Reynolds presents “A Precious Ancient Souvenir Given to the First Pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela” which examines Bishop Godescalc’s visit and how it impacted the manuscripts at Albelda in a very personal way. John K. Moore, Jr. also brings new critical attention to the imposing sculpture of St. James as a pilgrim in “Santiago’s Sinister Hand: Hybrid Identity in the Statue of Saint James the Greater at Santa Marta de Tera.” Virginia Brilliant explores how a frame with embedded relics enhanced and changed the meaning of the painting therein in her essay “A Framework for Devotion in Trecento Siena: a Reliquary Frame in the Cleveland Museum of Art.” Giampiero Bagni posts a research query
as to the function of a bowl associated with the Templar Mansion of Bologna, and Ashley Elston incisively reviews a new volume in pilgrimage art in Southern Europe. As part of our continuing series on ideas associated with teaching medieval art and architecture, we have an article that discusses the impact of digital humanities in terms of online databases of images and texts and a special article “Making More: the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance as a Platform for Collaborative work with Medieval Manuscripts Online,” by Matthew Evan Davis, who introduces the work of MESA bringing together varied databases.
The Discoveries section in this issue, compiled by Amy Young, focuses on re-discovered treasures from the Viking era to the late Gothic), hitherto unknown buildings, and evidence for pilgrimage rituals. And speaking of databases, the Photobank database continues to serve as a resource for scholars and teachers. Please note that our Photobank has undergone considerable renovation (again!) and is now part of Kenyon: Research, Scholarship, and Creative Exchange. Search by either typing in a key word or name in the Search box (e.g. Canterbury) or click on Browse All. The Photobank continues to grow with copyright-free images all downloadable for use in research and teaching. The Future 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. Again, 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.
Programming and copy-editing: John Pepple.
Artistic Advising: Karen Gerhart.
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Peregrinations, ISSN 1554-8678 (online), is published periodically. Topics of research include: art and architectural history, medieval history and religion. Currently indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals, Project Muse, etc. There are no subscription costs and no postage involved. For editorial and advertiser information, see http://peregrinations.kenyon.edu/vol3_1/about.html.