John Lansdowne

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John Lansdowne



John Lansdowne specializes in medieval and early renaissance art, with a particular focus on exchange in the Mediterranean world, above all in Italy, Byzantium, and the Latin East. His dissertation examines the well-known micromosaic icon of Christ the Man of Sorrows at the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and its life as a cult-object between late medieval Byzantium and quattrocento Rome.

John’s research has been supported by the Hyde Academic-Year Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities, the Seeger ‘52 Graduate Fellowship in Hellenic Studies, and a Mellon Summer Fellowship from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto. He spent Spring 2014 at The Johns Hopkins University and the 2014–2015 Academic Year as a Fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte). From 2015 to 2017, he was the Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Rome Prize Fellow in Medieval Studies at the American Academy in Rome.


“Giordano da Pisa: Remarks on the Authority of Icons from Greece: Translation and Commentary.” Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics, vol. 3: Visual Arts, Material Culture, and Literature in Later Byzantium (1081–ca. 1330), eds. C. E. Barber and F. Spingou (Cambridge/New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

“Weapons for Remembering.” 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, eds. R. Thüring and B. Rutland, exh. cat. Cleveland Museum of Art (New Haven/London: Yale University Press, 2016): 30–33.

“The Truth in Material Things.” TRANSLATIO / Emily Jacir: Via Crucis (Rome: NERO, 2016): 4–16.

“Flesh, Visual Arts”; “Gemstones, Visual Arts”; “Heavenly Ladder, Visual Arts.” Entries in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, 13 vols., eds. D. C. Allison, Jr. et al. (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014–2015): 9.189–190; 9.1102–1103; 11.596–597.