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MA Munich, PhD Munich
Intersection between Jewish studies, art history, medieval studies, and postcolonial and feminist theories.
I studied in Freiburg (Zwischenprufung 1983), Jerusalem (exchange schholarship 1983/4) and Munich (MA 1988). After a term’s internship at the National Gallery of Art in Washington (1988) I returned to do a Ph.D. in Munich, and spent 1990-2 researching in Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana and Vatican Library). After gaining a Ph.D. on the cultural and visual worlds of Francesco da Barberino, I became Frances Yates Scholar at the Warburg Institute (1993-5). I have taught at the University of Leeds since 1995, helping to set up a Centre for Jewish Studies, being part of the Institute for Medieval Studies, and teaching Medieval and Renaissance art.
My interests relate principally to questioning and widening the western canon. I research medieval manuscript illumination, Jewish art, and cross-cultural encounters.
I also have an interest in Jewish museums as touchstones of cultural diversity in museology.
I continue my earlier interest in Italian art of the age of Giotto and Dante.
I have been groping my way towards various non-iconographic approaches to the study of medieval art; at present, I am exploring the uses of postcolonial theories (supported by an AHRC research network grant, “Postcolonising the Medieval Image”, 2009-11).
At present, I teach courses on the basics of medieval art – I am particularly interested in the relationships between cult images (icons, reliquaries…) and visual narrative. I teach various postcolonial approaches to medieval art, as part of a course called Imagining Others. I teach some more of it in final year and MA courses (Sins, Sinisters and Sciapods: The Margins of Medieval Art). I have recently started teaching Islamic art, especially with a view on the various meeting points between “East” and “West” (Levant, Sicily/Maghreb, Andalusia). I also teach a course on the darker side of the Renaissance, in which we explore the formation of ghettoes as an integral part of Renaissance urbanism.
I have been director of the BA History of Art (2010-2013).
(2003) Imagining the Self, Imagining the Other: Visual Representation and Jewish-Christian Dynamics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. Leiden: Brill.
(1997) Hebraica and Judaica from the Cecil Roth Collection. Leeds Brotherton Library.
(2013) “A Short Art History of Allosemitism: Judaism and Christian Art (review of Judaism and Christian Art: Aesthetic Anxieties from the Catacombs to Colonialism, eds Herbert L. Kessler and David Nirenberg, University of Pennsylvania Press 2011)”, H-Net Judaic.
(2007) “Giotto's Circumspection”, The Art Bulletin. 89.2: 195-210.
(2007) “Giotto's circumspection (Giotto di Bondone)”, ART BULL. 89.2: 195-+.
(2001) “Jewish identity in modern art history”, J JEWISH STUD. 52.1: 188-189.
(1997) “The 'Perfect Scribe' and an Early Engraved Esther Scroll”, None. 23.1: 68-80.
(1996) “From Naples to Istanbul: the Woodcuts in the Earliest Illustrated Printed Haggadah.”, The Library. 18: 87-109.
(1996) “Giotto's Allegories of Justice and the Commune in the Palazzo della Ragione in Padua: a Reconstruction”, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes. LIX: 24-47.
“Feasting at the Lord's Table”, Images: a journal of Jewish art and visual culture. 9 (Accepted)
(2015) “Inscribing Piety in Late-Thirteenth-Century Perpignan”, In: del Barco J (eds.) The Hebrew Book in the Western Mediterranean: Late Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts and Incunabula in Context.. Études sur le judaïsme médiéval. Brill. (Accepted)
(2014) “The Patron as Scribe and the Performance of Piety in Perpignan during the Kingdom of Majorca”, In: Alfonso E; Decter J (eds.) Patronage, Production, and Transmission of Texts in Medieval and Early Modern Jewish Cultures. Brepols.
(2012) “Translating Jerusalem: Jewish Authenticators of the Cross”, In: Hoffmann A; Wolf G (eds.) Jerusalem As Narrative Space / Erzahlraum Jerusalem. Visualizing the Middle Ages. Brill Academic Publishers.
(2012) “Translating Jerusalem: Jewish authenticators of the cross”, In: Hoffmann A; Wolf G (eds.) Jerusalem as narrative space: Erzählraum Jerusalem. Visualizing the Middle Ages. Brill.
(2010) “Jewish Mudejarismo and the Invention of Tradition”, In: Caballero-Navas C; Alfonso E (eds.) Late Medieval Jewish Identities - Iberia and Beyond. Palgrave MacMillan.
(2009) “Early Ashkenazic Prayer Books and their Christian Illuminators”, In: Van Boxell P; Arndt S (eds.) Crossing Borders: Hebrew Maunuscripts as a Meeting-Place of Cultures. Oxford: Boddleian.
(2008) “Jewish scribes and Christian illuminators – Interstitial Encounters and Cultural Negotation”, In: Kogman-Appel K; Meyer M (eds.) Between Judaism and Christianity : art historical essays in honor of Elisheva (Elisabeth) Revel-Neher. Leiden: Brill. 0-0
(2007) “Taking Little Jesus to School in two 13th Century Latin Psalters from South Germany”, In: Merback M (eds.) Beyond the Yellow Badge: New Approaches to Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture. Brill. 87-117
(2007) “Framing: The resisting viewer in a medieval Jewish image of the circumcision ritual”, In: Pollock; Griselda; Bal W; Mieke (eds.) Conceptual Odysseys: Passages to Cultural Analysis. I.B. Tauris. 10-22 (Submitted)
(2005) “Reframing Gender in Medieval Jewish Images of Circumcision”, In: Voaden R; Wolfthal D (eds.) Framing the family: narrative and representation in the medieval and early modern periods. Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies. Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 221-243
(2003) “Christian Travelers to the Circumcision: Early Modern Representations”, In: Mark EW (eds.) The Covenant of Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Rite. Brandeis University Press. 128-141
(2002) “Buber in Basle, Schlosser in Sarajevo, Wischnitzer in Weimar: The Politics of Writing about Medieval Jewish Art”, In: Frojmovic E (eds.) Imagining the self, imagining the other: visual representation and Jewish-Christian dynamics in the Middle Ages and early modern period. Leiden : Brill. 1-32
(2002) “Messianic politics in re-Christianized Spain: Images of the Sanctuary in Hebrew Bible manuscripts”, In: Frojmovic E (eds.) Imagining the Self, Imagining the Other: Visual Representation and Jewish-Christian Dynamics in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period. Brill. 91-128
(2000) “Jewish Ways of Reading the Illuminated Bible”, In: Brooke GJ (eds.) JEWISH WAYS OF READING THE BIBLE (Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement 11 (ISSN 00224480)). Oxford University Press, Academic Division. 230-253
(1997) “Illustrated Mohelbooks and circumcision liturgies”, In: Friedlander E (eds.) Mappot-- blessed be who comes : the band of Jewish tradition. Secolo Verlag.
Hebraica and Judaica from the Cecil Roth Collection.
External Examinar, Manchester University
PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision
I would be happy to supervise PhDs on any the following topics: Jewish art, illuminated manuscripts, Medievalism and global renaissance, Postcolonial approaches to medieval art
Shir Kochavi: Heirless Cultural Property: Jewish Cultural Property and Heritage Policy in Post World War II
Francesco da Barberino: text and image in the time of Dante and Giotto