Karin Krause

Biography

Karin Krause is an art historian who specializes in the Christian visual culture of Byzantium and the pre-modern Mediterranean.

Her first book, The Illustrated Homilies of John Chrysostom in Byzantium, published in German, won an award from the Southeast Europe Association (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft). Making available for the first time many of the illuminated manuscripts that contain the teachings of Byzantium’s preeminent theologian, it reconstructs the circumstances of their production and their relevance for the liturgy. Krause is currently completing a second book with the working title Images of Inspiration: Art, Authenticity, and the Sacred in Byzantium. It explores claims about the divine origin of sacred texts and material artifacts, claims that are manifest in both theological writings and visual images. Analyzing how their underlying notions of authenticity were adapted from Greco-Roman and Jewish antiquity, the study also shows how Byzantine thinkers reinterpreted ancient epistemic theories of truth in order to promulgate claims of religious orthodoxy and authority. Krause’s third monograph, tentatively titled Propaganda, Cult, Scholarship: The Response to Byzantine Artifacts in Venice is far advanced, and builds on her previous publications on the impact of Byzantine culture on medieval and early modern Italy.

Karin Krause’s research has been supported by the German Research Community (DFG), the Max Planck Society, Dumbarton Oaks, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and others.

Publications

Bild und Text im Mittelalter (Sensus, 2)

Edited with Barbara Schellewald. Cologne: Böhlau
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2011

Die Illustrierten Homilien des Johannes Chrysostomos in Byzanz 

Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag
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2004

“Speaking Books—Silent Pictures: Visualizing Gospel Narrative in Byzantium,” in K. Heyden, H. Manuwald (eds.), Übertragungen heiliger Texte in Judentum, Christentum und Islam. Fallstudien zu Formen und Grenzen der Transposition (Hermeneutische Untersuchungen zur Theologie). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019, 195-261.

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“Celebrating Orthodoxy. Miniatures for Gregory the Theologian’s “Unread” Orations (MS Basiliensis AN I 8),” Jahrbuch der österreichischen Byzantinistik 68 (2018).

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“Passionsfrömmigkeit und kommunale Propaganda um 1300: Die ‘byzantinischen’ Fresken im Dom von Genua,” in H. Hofmann, C. Schärli, S. Schweinfurth (eds.), Inszenierungen von Sichtbarkeit in mittelalterlichen Bildkulturen. Festschrift für Barbara Schellewald zum 65. Geburtstag. Berlin: Reimer, 2018, 163-215.

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“Die Inschriften der Genesismosaiken,” in M. Büchsel, H. L. Kessler, R. Müller (eds.), The Atrium of San Marco in Venice (Berlin: Reimer, 2014), 143-76.

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“Heilige Schrift im Bild. Spätantike Portraits der inspirierten Evangelisten als Spiegel eines neuen Medienbewusstseins,” in K. Krause, B. Schellewald (eds.), Bild und Text im Mittelalter (Cologne: Böhlau, 2011), 41-83.

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“Einführung, II,” in K. Krause, B. Schellewald (eds.), Bild und Text im Mittelalter (Cologne: Böhlau, 2011), 21-5.

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“Ikonographie des Athanasius,” in P. Gemeinhardt (ed.), Athanasius Handbuch (Theologen-Handbücher) (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011), Ch. III.4, 428-40.

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“Konstantins Kreuze. Legendenbildung und Artefakte im Mittelalter,” in M. Borgolte, B. Schneidmüller (eds.), Hybride Kulturen im mittelalterlichen Europa. Vorträge und Workshops einer Frühlingsschule (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2010), 171-93.

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“Die Kooperation von Schreibern und Illustratoren bei byzantinischen Zierbuchstaben,” in E. Dobrynina (ed.), Mediaeval Book Centres: Local Traditions and Inter-regional Connections. Proceedings of the International Symposium, Moscow, 5–7 September 2005 (Chrysograph, 3) (Moscow: Izdat. Skanrus, 2009), 111-43.

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“Warum die Tage Flügel haben. Zur Antikenrezeption bei Personifikationen in Spätantike und Mittelalter,” Nea Rhome. Rivista di ricerche bizantinistiche 6 (2009), 103-26.

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Profiles

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