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, above all in Italy and the eastern Christian world. His dissertation examines the well-known Byzantine micromosaic icon of Christ the Man of Sorrows at the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome and its life as a cult-object between East and West in the later Middle Ages.

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 2014–2015 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 (1306): Translation and Commentary.” Visual Arts, Material Culture, and Literature in Later Byzantium (1081–ca. 1330), eds. Charles Barber and Foteini Spingou, Texts on Byzantine Art and Aesthetics 3 (New York and Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Essay response in “Questionnaire on ‘Monuments’.” October, vol. 165 (Summer, 2018): 78–81.

“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, eds. 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., eds. Dale C. Allison, Jr. et al. (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2014–2015), 9.189–190; 9.1102–1103; 11.596–597.