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Professor Hamburger wins Gutenberg Prize of the city of Mainz and the International Gutenberg Society

March 22, 2022
Congratulations to Professor Jeffrey Hamburger who will be awarded the biannual Gutenberg Prize of the city of Mainz (birthplace of Johannes Gutenberg) and the International Gutenberg Society for 2022. The prize, delivered by the mayor of Mainz, is given for “an outstanding artistic, technical or scientific achievement in the field of the art of printing” and, in Professor Hamburger's case, for his contributions to the history of the book, specifically, relations between manuscript and print culture in the fifteenth century, most recently, in his book Color... Read more about Professor Hamburger wins Gutenberg Prize of the city of Mainz and the International Gutenberg Society
Jacket cover for book "Imperial Splendour" by Jeffrey Hamburger and Joshua O’Driscoll

New publication by Jeffrey Hamburger and Joshua O'Driscoll to accompany exhibition "Imperial Splendor: The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, ca. 800–1500"

September 22, 2021

Just published: the book by Jeffrey F. Hamburger and Joshua O’Driscoll (an alum of the department’s graduate program and now a curator in the Department of Manuscripts at the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum in New York) to accompany the Morgan’s exhibition of Central European illuminated manuscripts from American collections: Imperial Splendor. The Art of the Book in the Holy Roman Empire, 800-1500, New York/London: The Morgan Library & Museum with D. Giles Ltd., 2021.

Imperial Splendor offers a sweeping overview of...

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Two new publications by Professor Hamburger: "Color in Cusanus" and "The Birth of the Author: Pictorial Prefaces in Glossed Books of the Twelth Century" (front covers)

Two new publications by Professor Hamburger: "Color in Cusanus" and "The Birth of the Author: Pictorial Prefaces in Glossed Books of the Twelth Century"

August 9, 2021

Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Color in Cusanus. Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann Verlag, 2021.

For Nicholas of Cusa, the fifteenth-century polymath, diagrams comprised the ideal medium with which to represent the highest truths. No less important, they provided the perfect vehicle with which to attain such truths in the first place. For his treatise De coniecturis (On Surmises), the cardinal devised diagrams in which color played an essential role by cobnveying the character of the perception of light in three-...

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Two HAA Seniors Win 2021 Hoopes Prizes

May 11, 2021

HAA graduating seniors Alden Fossett and Eliza Rubin have won 2021 Thomas Temple Hoopes Prizes for their respective theses “Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s (no-place): A Spiritual Offering for an Empty World”, and “Sacred Desire: Multiplicity and Mystery in Parmigianino’s Madonna of the Long Neck.”

In addition to recognizing students' "excellence in undergraduate work," the Hoopes Prize also recognizes supervising faculty for their "excellence in the art of teaching." Thus we have also to congratulate HAA Professors Robin Kelsey and Jeffrey Hamburger for advising these two prize-winning...

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New Publication: "Beyond Words: New Research on Manuscripts in Boston Collections", ed. Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Lisa Fagin Davis, Anne-Marie Eze, Nancy Netzer, and William P. Stoneman.

May 10, 2021

"In the fall of 2016 an international scholarly con­ference accompanied the exhibition Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections. The speakers were chosen because of their expertise and because they were known to have research under­way pertaining to important manuscripts in the exhibition. The aim of both exhibition and conference was to provide a broad overview of the history of patronage and book production over the course of the High and late Middle Ages, to the extent that the eclectic holdings of Boston-area institutions permitted. Most of the papers...

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New Publication: Jeffrey Hamburger (Ed.), "The Liber ordinarius of Nivelles (Houghton Library, MS Lat 422): Liturgy as Interdisciplinary Intersection."

May 12, 2020

Throughout the Middle Ages, the religious women of Nivelles Abbey governed one of the most venerable and powerful ecclesiastical institutions in the Holy Roman Empire, which played a critical role, not only as the center of the cult of St Gertrude, but also as a lynchpin in the power politics of the empire. The recent discovery of the oldest surviving manuscript from the abbey, its Liber ordinarius, thus represents a significant addition to knowledge, not only of Nivelles' liturgy and the development of the cult of its patron saint, but also of...

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Professor Hamburger appointed the Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

October 16, 2018

Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Kuno Francke Professor of German Art & Culture, has been appointed the Kress-Beinecke Professor at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, The National Gallery of Art, for the academic year 2019–2020. Among the projects on which he will be working are the Panizzi Lectures for the British Library (2021), which will form the basis of a second book on diagrams, and an exhibition, “Imperial Splendor,” to be held at the Pierpont Morgan Library & Museum in New York (2021) on manuscript illumination in the Holy Roman Empire from Emperor Charlemagne...

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Exhibition - Looking Back: The Western Tradition in Retrospect

January 20, 2018

On View

University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

The history of art is usually presented as a forward march, with individual works studied as points along a path of progress to the present. This installation—matching the Harvard survey course it accompanies—reverses that familiar direction. The sequence proceeds from recent art back to the Renaissance. This retrospective history of art is meant to capture the point of view of artists themselves, who have, for generations, tried—variously—to preserve,...

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