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  • Lawrence Nees, Professor; H. Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities (on sabbatical leave 2019-2020)

    Professor; H. Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities (on sabbatical leave 2019-2020)
    Medieval Art
    Ph.D. Harvard University
    University of Delaware
    206 Mechanical Hall
    Newark, DE 19716
    302-831-4524

    Biography

    ​Professor Lawrence Nees received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. His primary area of interest is the art of the early Middle Ages, focusing o​n northwestern Europe but also considering the Mediterranean and Byzantine world and the artistic traditions of early Islam. He has written The Gundohinus Gospels; From Justinian to Charlemagne: European Art A.D. 565-787; A Tainted Mantle: Hercules and the Classical Tradition at the Carolingian Court; Early Medieval Art 300-1000; Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem, and edited Approaches to Early-Medieval Art. He is currently preparing two books: Illuminating the Word: On the beginnings of medieval book decoration, and Frankish Manuscripts 7th-10th Centuries. Professor Nees has received research fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center of Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, and the National Humanities Center. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware.​

 

 

206 Mechanical HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassF0E372D2BBCF4013BF298183EC9729F3"><p>​Professor <strong>Lawrence Nees</strong> received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. His primary area of interest is the art of the early Middle Ages, focusing o​n northwestern Europe but also considering the Mediterranean and Byzantine world and the artistic traditions of early Islam. He has written <em>The Gundohinus Gospels; From Justinian to Charlemagne: European Art A.D. 565-787; A Tainted Mantle: Hercules and the Classical Tradition at the Carolingian Court; Early Medieval Art 300-1000; Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem, </em>and edited <em>Approaches to Early-Medieval Art.</em> He is currently preparing two books: <em>Illuminating the Word: On the beginnings of medieval book decoration, </em>and <em>Frankish Manuscripts 7th-10th Centuries.</em> Professor Nees has received research fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center of Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art, Washington), the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, and the National Humanities Center. He is currently serving as the Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware.​</p></div>nees@udel.edu/Documents%20Bios%20CVs/nees-CV-2.pdfNees, Lawrence302-831-4524<img alt="Lawrence Nees" src="/Images%20Bios/People/Faculty/nees-bio.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Professor; H. Fletcher Brown Chair of Humanities (on sabbatical leave 2019-2020)Medieval ArtPh.D. Harvard University

 

 

Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in JerusalemNees, LawrenceBrillLeiden2016https://brill.com/view/title/32171<p>Through its material remains, <em>Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem</em> analyzes several overlooked aspects of the earliest decades of Islamic presence in Jerusalem, during the seventh century CE. Focusing on the <em>Haram al-Sharif</em>, also known as the Temple Mount, Lawrence Nees provides the first sustained study of the Dome of the Chain, a remarkable eleven-sided building standing beside the slightly later Dome of the Rock, and the first study of the meaning of the columns and column capitals with figures of eagles in the Dome of the Rock. He also provides a new interpretation of the earliest mosque in Jerusalem, the <em>Haram</em> as a whole, with the sacred Rock at its center.<br></p>
Early Medieval ArtNees, LawrenceOxford University PressOxford2002https://global.oup.com/academic/product/early-medieval-art-9780192842435?lang=en&cc=us<p>In the first millennium, a rich and distinctive artistic tradition emerged in Europe. <em>Early Medieval Art</em> explores this tradition and tracks its development from c. 300 AD through c. 1000 AD, revealing forms of artistic expression ranging from brilliant illuminated manuscripts to decorative chairs, rich embroidery, and precious metalwork.<br></p><p>Nees explores issues of artist patronage, craftsmanship, holy men and women, monasteries, secular courts, and the expressive and educational roles of artistic creation. Instead of treating early Christian art in the late Roman tradition and the arts of the newly established kingdoms of northern Europe as opposites, he adopts a more holistic view, treating them as different aspects of a larger historical situation. This approach reveals the onset of an exciting new visual relationship between the church and the populace throughout medieval Europe. Moreover, it restores a previously marginalized subject to a central status in our artistic and cultural heritage.<br></p>
Approaches to Early-Medieval ArtNees, Lawrenceed.Medieval Academy of AmericaCambridge, MA1998https://www.amazon.com/Approaches-Early-Medieval-Art-Lawrence-Nees/dp/0915651718<p><em>Approaches to Early-Medieval Art</em>, edited by Lawrence Nees, was first published as a special issue of <em>Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies</em> (October 1997 issue).<br></p>
A Tainted Mantle: Hercules and the Classical Tradition at the Carolingian CourtNees, LawrenceUniversity of Pennsylvania PressPhiladelphia1991https://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Mantle-Classical-Tradition-Carolingian/dp/0812282167<p><em>A Tainted Mantle</em> focuses on two important works of Carolingian literature and art, Theodulf of Orléans's poem <em>Contra iudices</em> (<em>To Judges</em>) and the ivory throne identified as the <em>Cathedra Petri</em> (the throne of St. Peter). Both works prominently feature the pagan hero Hercules, showing him not as a positive model for Carolingian rulers, as has often been suggested, but in fact as an embodiment of traditions of ancient paganism that were antithetical to early medieval Christianity.<br></p>
The Gundohinus GospelsNees, LawrenceMedieval Academy of AmericaCambridge, MA1987https://www.amazon.com/Gundohinus-Gospels-Medieval-Academy-America/dp/0990987426<p>The manuscript now preserved as MS 3 in the Bibliothèque Municipale at Autun, commonly known as the Gundohinus Gospels, is a moderately large parchment codex containing the Four Gospels in Latin, various accessory texts, decorated canon tables, a <em>Maiestas Domini</em> illustration, and four Evangelist portraits. The colophon gives the name of the scribe, Gundohinus, states that the book was written in the third year of King Pepin, that is, ca. A.D. 754, and places its origin in a monastery at Vosevio, an unidentified location.<br></p>
From Justinian to Charlemagne: European Art, 565-787; An Annotated BibliographyNees, LawrenceG. K. HallBoston1985https://www.amazon.com/Justinian-Charlemagne-European-Art-565-787/dp/0816183287<p>This volume from the Reference Publications in Art History series is an annotated bibliography devoted to the Christian art of the period from approximately A.D. 565 to A.D. 787.<br></p>

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  • Department of Art History
  • University of Delaware
  • 318 Old College
  • Newark, DE 19716 USA
  • Phone: 302-831-8415
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