John Lansdowne

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John Lansdowne



John Lansdowne received his doctorate from the Department of Art & Archaeology in September 2019 with a dissertation titled: The Micromosaic of the Man of Sorrows at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome. He is currently the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

John specializes in medieval and early modern art in Europe and the Mediterranean, with a geographical focus on Italy and Byzantium. His book project, Fraction = Union, examines how artists used graphic visual allegories of Christ’s fractured body as a means to conceptualize and represent ecumenical union: the movement to unite Christian peoples worldwide into one, undivided, “universal” Church.

John’s research has been generously supported by grants and fellowships from Princeton and external institutions, including the Hyde Academic-Year Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities, the Seeger ‘52 Graduate Fellowship in Hellenic Studies, the Department’s residency at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, and the Rome Prize in Medieval Studies from the American Academy in Rome.


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“Narrative to Icon: The Invention of Christ Ecce Homo.” Word & Image 36 (forthcoming 2020).

“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 2020).

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].

“The Truth in Material Things.” TRANSLATIO, 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.