John Lansdowne received his doctorate in September 2019 with a dissertation titled: The Micromosaic of the Man of Sorrows at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. He currently holds a Berenson Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, outside Florence.
John specializes in medieval and early modern art in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, with a geographical focus on Italy and the Christian East. His research examines the new meanings that objects and images accrue when brought into different cultural or ideological contexts and premodern paradigms for issues in contemporary society. His book project, Fraction = Union, investigates how visual allegories of Christ’s fractured body became a means to conceptualize and represent oecumenical union: the idea of all Christian peoples united as one in an undivided, “worldwide” Church.
John’s research has been supported by the Seeger '52 Graduate Fellowship in Hellenic Studies, the Hyde Academic-Year Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and Dumbarton Oaks. As a predoctoral candidate, John resided in Rome for three years, first as Princeton Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte), and next at the American Academy in Rome, where he held the Rome Prize in Medieval Studies for 2015–2017. More recently, John held the 2019–2020 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, followed by an NEH-Postdoctoral Fellowship via the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.
“Imaging the Greek East: St. Katherine ‘the Egyptian’ and the Santa Croce Micromosaic.” Gesta vol. 60, no. 2 (forthcoming, 2021) [25,110 words].
“Narrative to Icon: The Inscriptive Origins of Christ Ecce Homo.” Word & Image, vol. 37, no. 2 (forthcoming, 2021) [10,460 words].
“Giordano da Pisa: Remarks on the Authority of Icons from Greece (1306): Translation and Commentary.” Readings in the Visual Culture of Later Byzantium, ed. Foteini Spingou, Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics 3 (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).
“Hagia Sophia takes centre stage in the battle over Turkey’s past.” Apollo (30 June 2020).
“A Monumental Latin Poem at the Casa dei Crescenzi in Rome.” Inventory 10 (2021).
Essay in “A Questionnaire on Monuments.” October, vol. 165 (Summer, 2018): 85–87.
“Weapons for Remembering.” Enrico Riley: Infinite Receptors, exh. cat., Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2017), 24–27.
“Kara’s Dust.” The Ecstasy of St. Kara / Kara Walker: New Works, ed. Beau Rutland and Reto Thüring, exh. cat., Cleveland Museum of Art (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016), 30–33.
TRANSLATIO / Emily Jacir: Via Crucis. Rome: NERO, 2016 [installation book designed and edited with artist Emily Jacir and historian Christopher MacEvitt; 116 pages; ISBN: 8897503942]; contributed essay “The Truth in Material Things.” op. cit., 4–16.
“Flesh, Visual Arts”; “Gems/Gemstones, Visual Arts”; “Heavenly Ladder, Visual Arts.” Entries in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, 30 vols., ed. Dale C. Allison, Jr. et al. (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014–2015), 9.189–190; 9.1102–1103; 11.596–597.
“Echoes of the Apostoleion in Late Antique Italia Annonaria.” The Byzantinist 1.1 (2011), 4–5; 15.