Welcome to the Spring 2021 issue which features six articles that explore how dramatically what seemed like secure iconographic interpretations shift over time.
Mats Dijkdrent in “The Lothar Crystal as a Relic of Saint Eligius” by analyzing the inscriptions proposes and entirely different patron and purpose for his important work. Philip Muijtjens, “Patronage and Polemic: Constructing and Destroying a Chapel in Tenth-Century Lotharingia” an elusive chapel and why its creation and destruction were of such great consequence. Shelley Morwenna Williams in “The Zodiac on Church Portals: Astrology and the Medieval Cosmos“ investigates how the zodiac in French Gothic portals helped explain the medieval cosmos to church goers. Kathryn Blair Moore in “Braidense Ms. Castiglioni 5: An additional early illustrated copy of Niccolò da Poggibonsi’s Libro d’oltramare” provides new evidence for both the role of the drawings in the initial conception of the book by Niccolò da Poggibonsi and the interrelation of the illuminated and non-illuminated copies of the book. Omar Nappini’s article “The mural polyptych of Sienese School in St. John the Baptist church in Farnetella: Elements of commission, iconography, and attribution,” examines how even a fragmentary survival of wall painting in a remote church is tied to and reacts to larger art-historical movements. Ian Wilson’s “The earliest pilgrim badges produced for the so-called ‘Shroud of Turin'” investigates the role of pilgrim badges (and their dating) and how and why they were created to represent the earliest known showings of the popular relic.
The Lothar Crystal as a Relic of Saint Eligius
Patronage and Polemic: Constructing and Destroying a Chapel in Tenth-Century Lotharingia
The Zodiac on Church Portals: Astrology and the Medieval Cosmos
Shelley Morwenna Williams
Braidense Ms. Castiglioni 5: An additional early illustrated copy of Niccolò da Poggibonsi’s Libro d’oltramare
Kathryn Blair Moore
The Mural Polyptych of Sienese School in St. John the Baptist church in Farnetella: Elements of Commission, Iconography, and Attribution
The earliest pilgrim badges produced for the so-called ‘Shroud of Turin’
This issue also includes eight thoughtful reviews of books on medieval art and material culture by by Diane Antille, Sally Badham, Andrew Budge, Sinéad Read, Kyle Sweeney, Sam Truman, and Angelica Verducci introducing volumes on many topics from medieval tomb sculpture to royal gift giving to princely magnificence and more. This is followed by an elegiac Review and Reflection by Karen Gross on the reprinted book The Corner that Held Them.
Stone Fidelity. Marriage and Emotion in Medieval Tomb Sculpture by Jessica Barker
The Monuments Man: Essays in Honour of Jerome Bertram edited by Christian Steer
Medieval Art in Motion. The Inventory and Gift Giving of Queen Clémence de Hongri by Mariah Proctor-Tiffany
St Stephen’s College, Westminster: A Royal Chapel and English Kingship, 1348-1548The McCarthy Collection: Italian and Byzantine Miniatures Volume I, by Elizabeth Biggs
Depictions of the Three Orders and Estates around the Year 1500, Triplex Status Mundi by Tomislav Vignjevic
Framing the Church: The Social and Artistic Power of Buttresses in French Gothic Architecture by Maile S. Hutterer
Kyle G. Sweeney
Magnificence and Princely Splendour in the Middle Ages by Richard Barber
Review & Reflection
“Thoughts from the Corner,” Sylvia Townsend Warner, The Corner That Held Them
Karen Elizabeth Gross
This issue features two fascinating Photo Essays. The first, by Luke Coring, focuses on unprecedented photographic access to an almost-empty Westminster Abbey and, the second, by Joseph Rogers, explores the intriguing traces of Tithe Barns of Britain.
Luke Coring, Westminster Abbey:
exploring an extraordinary building in
Joseph Rogers, Tithe Barns of Britain
The Photobank database continues to serve as a resource for scholars and teachers. Please note that our Photobank has undergone considerable renovation and is now part of Digital Kenyon at Kenyon College. You can search by typing in a key word or name in the search box (e.g. Canterbury). 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 processes, 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.
Our grateful appreciation and thanks for partial funding provided by Kenyon College. Programming and copy-editing: John Pepple, Brad Hostetler, and Artistic Advising: Karen Gerhart.
Again, welcome to Peregrinations. Any suggestions or comments you have concerning the journal would be most welcome.
Sarah Blick, Editor