John Lansdowne

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John Lansdowne



John Lansdowne specializes in the arts of the Middle Ages in Europe and the Mediterranean basin, with a particular focus in Italy and the eastern Christian world. His dissertation examines the well-known micromosaic of the Man of Sorrows at the celebrated Roman basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and its life as a cult-object between Byzantium, the Latin East, southern Italy, and Rome at a critical juncture in the relationship between the churches of East and West.

John’s research has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, including the Hyde Academic-Year Fellowship for Research Abroad in the Humanities, the Seeger ‘52 Graduate Fellowship in Hellenic Studies, Princeton’s departmental residency fellowship at the Bibliotheca Hertziana, and the Heiskell/Kress Foundation Rome Prize in Medieval Studies at the American Academy in Rome.


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“Narrative to Icon: Inscriptions and the Invention of Christ Ecce Homo.” Word & Image [forthcoming].

“Giordano da Pisa: Remarks on the Authority of Icons from Greece (1306): Translation and Commentary.” Visual Arts, Material Culture, and Literature in Later Byzantium (1081–ca. 1330), ed. Charles Barber and Foteini Spingou, Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics 3 (New York and Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Essay response in “A Questionnaire on Monuments: 49 Responses.” 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 (Cleveland: Cleveland Museum of Art; New Haven, CT and London: 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].

“The Truth in Material Things.” TRANSLATIO, op. cit., 4–16.

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