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In epideictic oratory, ekphrasis is typically identified as an advanced rhetorical exercise that verbally reproduces the experience of viewing a person, place, or thing; more specifically, it often purports to replicate the experience of viewing a work of art. Not only what was seen, but also how it was beheld, and the emotions attendant upon first viewing it, are implicitly construed as recoverable, indeed reproducible.
This volume examines how and why many early modern pictures operate in an ekphrastic mode: such pictures claim to reconstitute works of art that solely survived in the textual form of an ekphrasis; or they invite the beholder to respond to a picture in the way s/he responds to a stirring verbal image; or they call attention to their status as an image, in the way that ekphrasis, as a rhetorical figure, makes one conscious of the process of image-making; or finally, they foreground the artist’s or the viewer’s agency, in the way that the rhetor or auditor is adduced as agent of the image being verbally produced.

The contributors are:
Carol Elaine Barbour, MA, University of Toronto, 2014, is an MPhil/PhD student at the Warburg Institute, University of London. Her research project examines the transmission and reception of the Tabula Cebetis, c. 1500-1600.
James Clifton, PhD, 1987, Princeton University, is Director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and Curator in Renaissance and Baroque Painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has curated exhibitions and published extensively on early-modern European art and culture.
Teresa Clifton is a Lecturer in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her PhD in Hispanic Studies from Brown University in 2019 with a dissertation on the pastoral mode in colonial Mexican fiction.
Arthur J. DiFuria, PhD., 2008, University of Delaware, is Chair and Professor of Art History at Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, specializing in early modern northern European art. In addition to several articles on sixteenth century antiquarianism, prints, and drawings, he is the editor of Genre Imagery in Early Modern Northern Europe: New Perspectives (2016) and the author of Maarten van Heemskerck’s Rome: Antiquity, Memory, and the Netherlandish Cult of Ruins (2019).
Christopher P. Heuer is Professor art Art and Architecture at the University of Rochester, New York. He is the author, most recently, of Into the White: The Renaissance Arctic and the End of the Image, and Andrea Buttner: Liber Vagatorum.
Barbara A. Kaminska, PhD, 2014, University of California, Santa Barbara, is Assistant Professor of Art History at Sam Houston State University. Her research focuses on Netherlandish painting and printmaking, the Protestant Reformation, and the cultural history of disability.
Annie McEwen, Ph.D. Candidate, Emory University. Her dissertation research focuses on antiquarianism and reproductive printmaking in pre-modern Rome through the work of Pietro Santi Bartoli and Giovanni Pietro Bellori.
Walter S. Melion, PhD, 1988, University of California, Berkeley, is Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Art History at Emory University. He has published widely on Netherlandish art and art theory, on early modern printmaking, and on meditative, mnemonic, and emblematic image-making, amongst other topics.
Dawn Odell, PhD, 2003, University of Chicago, is an Associate Professor of Art History at Lewis & Clark College. Her publications focus on the exchange of objects and artistic practices between China, the Netherlands, and North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
April Oettinger, PhD, University of Virginia, is Professor of Art History & Visual Culture and Cushing Professor of the Humanities at Goucher College. Her publications explore the poetics and production of Nature in early modern visual and literary culture.
Shelley Perlove, Scholar in Residence at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Professor Emerita, UM-Dearborn, publishes widely in Italian and Dutch early modern art, with emphasis upon religious culture and politics in the art of Bernini, Guercino, and Rembrandt and his followers.
Stephanie Porras is Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Newcomb Art Department at Tulane University. Her research focuses on the visual and material culture of Northern Europe and the Spanish world from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries, with particular focus on early modern print.
Femke Speelberg M.Phil. is Associate Curator of Historic Ornament, Design and Architecture in the Department of Drawings & Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her research focuses on art works and resources that document the transmission of ideas, motifs and styles.
Elliott D. Wise, PhD, 2016, Emory University, Atlanta, is assistant professor of Art History at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on late medieval and early modern devotional art, especially questions of liturgy, Eucharistic and Marian piety, and mysticism.
Steffen Zierholz is currently Visiting Professor at the Ruhr University Bochum. His research focuses on Jesuit sacred art, painting on stone, as well as on the aesthetics and materiality of the early modern surface.
This volume celebrates and extends the extraordinary and transformative work of Ian Doyle on medieval manuscripts and their legacies. Eighteen original contributions by eminent international scholars of manuscript studies and history of the book present new research on textual issues, manuscript preservation and circulation, manuscripts and print, and the afterlives of manuscripts. Essays adopt the multi-faceted and nuanced approaches to manuscript studies and history of the book characteristic of Ian Doyle’s work, taking up topics to which his research has drawn attention, extending his studies of particular manuscripts, scribes and networks, and exploring his remarkable contributions to the field.

Contributors are: Ralph Hanna, Susan Powell, Julia Boffey, David Rundle, James Willoughby, Carol Meale, Martha Driver, William Marx, Veronica O'Mara, Richard Gameson, Kathleen Scott, Margaret Connolly, Richard Beadle, A. S. G. Edwards, Elizabeth Rainey, Pamela Robinson, Toshi Takamiya, Linne Mooney, and Derek Pearsall.
Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
This volume explores social practices of framing, building and enacting community in urban-rural relations across medieval Eurasia. Introducing fresh comparative perspectives on practices and visions of community, it offers a thorough source-based examination of medieval communal life in its sociocultural complexity and diversity in Central and Southeast Europe, South Arabia and Tibet. As multi-layered social phenomena, communities constantly formed, restructured and negotiated internal allegiances, while sharing a topographic living space and joint notions of belonging. The volume challenges disciplinary paradigms and proposes an interdisciplinary set of low-threshold categories and tools for cross-cultural comparison of urban and rural communities in the Global Middle Ages.

Contributors are Maaike van Berkel, Hubert Feiglstorfer, Andre Gingrich, Károly Goda, Elisabeth Gruber, Johann Heiss, Kateřina Horníčková, Eirik Hovden, Christian Jahoda, Christiane Kalantari, Odile Kommer, Fabian Kümmeler, Christina Lutter, Judit Majorossy, Ermanno Orlando, and Noha Sadek.
Papers in Honour of Elizabeth Coatsworth
Volume Editors: Gale Owen-Crocker and Maren Clegg Hyer
A monastic artist with an unusual enthusiasm of male buttocks and genitalia; a nun bringing her spinning equipment from her home in the south to her new convent in the north; the riddle of a carved archer bearing a book instead of arrows; a bishop’s ring hiding in its design symbols of the essential aspects of the Christian faith: these are some of the secrets of early medieval personal and public worship uncovered in this book.
In tribute to a scholar who is herself a polymath of early medieval studies, these chapters explore approaches which have particularly engaged her: stone sculpture; text; textiles; manuscript art; metalwork; and archaeology. With a brief foreword by Professor Dame Rosemary Cramp.

Contributors are Richard N. Bailey, Michelle P. Brown, Peter Furniss, Jane Hawkes, David A. Hinton, Maren Clegg Hyer, Catherine E. Karkov, Alexandra Lester-Makin, Christina Lee, Donncha MacGabhann, Éamonn Ó Carragáin, Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Frances Pritchard, and Penelope Walton Rogers.
Emotions, Art, and Christianity in the Transatlantic World, 1450–1800 is a collection of studies variously exploring the role of visual and material culture in shaping early modern emotional experiences. The volume’s transatlantic framework moves from The Netherlands, Spain, and Italy to Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and the Philippines, and centers on visual culture as a means to explore how emotions differ in their local and global “contexts” amidst the many shifts occurring c. 1450–1800. These themes are examined through the lens of art informed by religious ideas, especially Catholicism, with each essay probing how religiously inflected art stimulated, molded, and encoded emotions.

Contributors include: Elena FitzPatrick Sifford, Alison C. Fleming, Natalia Keller, Walter S. Melion, Olaya Sanfuentes, Patricia Simons, Dario Velandia Onofre, and Charles M. Rosenberg.
In Kids Those Days, Lahney Preston-Matto and Mary Valante have organized a collection of interdisciplinary research into childhood throughout the Middle Ages. Contributors to the volume investigate childhood from Greece to the “Celtic-Fringe,” looking at how children lived, suffered, thrived, or died young. Scholars from myriad disciplines, from art and archaeology to history and literature, offer essays on abandonment and abuse, fosterage and guardianship, criminal behavior and child-rearing, child bishops and sainthood, disabilities and miracles, and a wide variety of other subjects related to medieval children. The volume focuses especially on children in the realms of religion, law, and vulnerabilities.
Contributors are Paul A. Broyles, Sarah Croix, Gavin Fort, Sophia Germanidou, Danielle Griego, Máire Johnson, Daniel T. Kline, Jenni Kuuliala, Lahney Preston-Matto, Melissa Raine, Eve Salisbury, Ruth Salter, Bridgette Slavin, and Mary A. Valante.
Author: Noël Carroll
For over thirty years, Arthur Danto was the most important art critic and philosopher of art and aesthetics in the English-speaking world. Arthur Danto's Philosophy of Art: Essays provides a comprehensive and systematic view of his philosophy and criticism by Noël Carroll, Distinguished Professor of the Philosophy of Art, CUNY and himself a former journalist specializing in arts criticism. Danto's writings attracted and still attracts diverse audiences, including aestheticians, artists, art critics, historians, and art lovers. In this book they will find his major themes not only analyzed in depth but also discussions of his political significance, views on history, cinema and more.
Editor: Marion Romberg
This book analyzes the evolving interaction between court and media from an understudied perspective. Eight case studies focus on different European Empress consorts and Queen regnants from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, using a comparative, cross-media, and cross-period approach. The volume addresses a multitude of questions, ranging from how dynastic women achieved public prominence through their portraits; how their faces and bodies were moulded and rearticulated to fit varying expectations in the courtly public sphere; and the degree to which they, as female actors, engaged with or had agency within the processes of production and reception. In particular, two types of female rulership and their relationship to diverse media are contrasted, and lesser-known and under-researched dynastic women are spotlighted.

Contributors: Christine Engelke, Anna Fabiankowitsch, Inga Lena Ångström Grandien, Titia Hensel, Andrea Mayr, Alison McQueen, Marion Romberg, and Alison Rowley.