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Katherine M. Boivin
Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-9800)

The Medieval City and the Politics of Pilgrimage

Preparation of a chapter for a book on medieval art and civic identity in the German city of Rothenburg and the sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider.

My current book, "The Medieval Urban Complex and the Politics of Pilgrimage," investigates the dynamic interactions among artworks created in a variety of media across the space of the late medieval city. Through an integrated study of administrative structures, urban planning, and visual culture, I examine the spatiality of artistic programming and its role in processes of civic-identity construction. While recent scholarship has begun to look at resonances among works created in different media within the space of a single church, the originality of my project lies in its exploration of the deliberate, though aggregated, programming of art spread throughout the late medieval city. An NEH Summer Stipends Award would allow me to complete "Chapter 5: Geographies of the Altarpiece," which proposes a new approach for studying the work of early modern artists by considering the landscape of pieces by Tilman Riemenschneider that once formed a network across the city of Rothenburg, Germany.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Medieval History; Medieval Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2017 – 8/31/2017