York Medieval Seminar – Professor Bianca Kühnel (Tuesday 11 November)




On Tuesday 11 November, Professor Bianca Kühnel from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be giving a public lecture entitled ‘Jerusalem’s Imprint on the European Visual Memory’ (5.30pm, King’s Manor K/133)

The lecture is an attempt to classify the manifold representations of Jerusalem in Christian medieval art and architecture, aiming to emphasize the turning points in their history. The dependance on one model, on one hand, and the broad geographical and historical distribution, on the other, have produced a unique artistic phenomenon that has yet to be deciphered in its complexity. The lecture will map some of the most representative Jerusalem sites in Europe in connection with the respective historical and political conditions of their foundation.

The following day, she will lead a lead a graduate seminar (11.15am, King’s Manor K/159) that will concentrate on a few test cases, asking if and how the local, particularistic features fit (or not) into the European network of Jerusalem representations.




Pnina Arad, ‘Pilgrimage, Cartography, and Devotion: William Wey’s Map of the Holy Land’, Viator 43 No. 1 (2012), pp. 301–322.

Bianca Kühnel, Virtual Pilgrimages to Real Places: the Holy Landscapes, in: Lucy Donkin and Hanna Vorholt, eds., Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West, Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 243-264.

Colin Morris, ‘Bringing the Holy Sepulchre to the West: S. Stefano, Bologna, from the Fifth to the Twentieth Century’, Studies in Church History 33 (1997), pp. 31–59

Judith Wolin, ‘Mnemotopias, Revisiting Renaissance Sacri Monti’, Modulus 18 (1987), pp. 8-45

Robert G. Ousterhout, ‘The Church of Santo Stefano: A “Jerusalem” in Bologna’, Gesta 20 (1981), pp. 311–22


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