(NCR) Medieval art is relatable today, even out of context

four-lobed reliquary

Detail of four-lobed reliquary: “St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata,” Limoges, France, c. 1228-30, champlevé enamel (Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art/Musée national du Moyen Age, Thermes de Cluny/Jean-Gilles Berizzi)


My article “Medieval art is relatable today, even out of context” appears in National Catholic Reporter.

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“Given the increasing misappropriation of medieval crusader rhetoric by American white supremacists and the constant misinterpretation of movements like [the Islamic State] as ‘medieval,’ just to name two examples, our work is more important than ever,” she said. “As scholars who grapple with the complex, multivalent and multicultural Middle Ages, it is incumbent on us to work to set the record straight.”

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