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MA (Courtauld Institute of Art), PhD (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Hanna Vorholt's research into medieval art and visual culture focuses especially on illuminated manuscripts, and the representation of Jerusalem in the medieval West. Before joining the Department as an Anniversary Research Lecturer in 2012, she held positions and fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for History, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge University Library, the British Library, and the Warburg Institute.
Director of the Medieval Art and Medievalisms Research Cluster
Hanna's research investigates how ideas are transmitted through visual and material artefacts. Her book Shaping Knowledge presents the first monograph on the transmission of the Liber Floridus, created in the early twelfth century by Lambert of Saint-Omer. It offers new evidence regarding the history of this encyclopedic compilation and our understanding of the mechanisms which inform the way knowledge is produced, recorded and transformed. Her co-edited books Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West, Visual Constructs of Jerusalem and Between Jerusalem and Europe are concerned with Jerusalem in its relationship to Western medieval imagination, art and architecture.
Hanna is currently continuing her research on the Liber Floridus transmission, is completing a book-length study of Western medieval maps of Jerusalem, and is engaged in preparing a project on typology in twelfth-century art.
Centre for Medieval Studies
Hanna collaborates in the ERC-funded project Visual Translations of Jerusalem. She was Co-Investigator in the AHRC-funded research project The Production and Reading of Music Sources (Bangor University, Manchester University, King’s College London, Warburg Institute), and co-curated the digital resource John Neuton and the Re-foundation of York Minster Library.
Hanna welcomes enquiries from students wanting to undertake research in related areas.