John Lansdowne specializes in medieval and early renaissance art, with a particular focus on image theory and cross-cultural exchange between Italy and the eastern Mediterranean world. 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 in 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 awarded the Marian and Andrew Heiskell/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Rome Prize Fellowship in Medieval Studies at the American Academy in Rome.
As recipient of the Marian & Andrew Heiskell/Samuel H. Kress Foundation Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Medieval Studies for 2015-2017, John is currently a Fellow in residence at the American Academy in Rome.
“Giordano da Pisa: Remarks on the Authority of Icons from Greece (1306): Translation and Commentary.” Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics, vol. 3: Visual Arts, Material Culture, and Literature in Later Byzantium (1081 – ca. 1330), eds. Charles E. Barber and Foteini Spingou (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
“Weapons for Remembering.” Infinite Receptors / Enrico Riley, ed. Gerald D. Auten, exh. cat. Hood Museum of Art (Lebanon, NH: Dartmouth College Press, forthcoming 2017).
“Kara’s Dust.” The Ecstasy of St. Kara / Kara Walker: New Works, eds. Reto Thüring and Beau Rutland, exh. cat. Cleveland Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2016): 30–33.
“The Truth in Material Things.” TRANSLATIO / Emily Jacir: Via Crucis, eds. Emily Jacir, John Lansdowne, and Christopher MacEvitt (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. Dale C. Allison, Jr. et al. (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014–2015): 9.189–190; 9.1102–1103; 11.596–597.
“Echoes of the Fourth-Century Apostoleion in Late Antique Italia Annonaria.” The Byzantinist, iss. 1 (2011): 4–5, 15.