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The Sacred Journey: Art and Ritual

Kathryn Barush, Research Associate, 2013 – 2014

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Book of Hours, for Use of Rome, detail, Paris, c. 1470 – 1480. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, MS Liturg. 41, fol. 199v

My work focuses on the art and material culture of pilgrimage and the notion of the transfer of “spirit” from sacred sites and objects to artistic representations. My thesis (University of Oxford, 2012) examined these ideas in a nineteenth-century British context, but the parameters of my recent endeavors have expanded both temporally and geographically. Following a research trip along the Camino from Lourdes to Santiago de Compostela, I am working on a new book that aims to explore artistic representations of pilgrimage from the Middle Ages to the present. In connection with this project, I have given a lecture, “Sacred Sight,
Sacred Site: Art and Ritual at Notre-Dame de Lourdes,” at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and am acting as a consultant for a pilgrimage mapping project for the Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago. I am also a research affiliate for the Yale University Material and Visual Cultures of Religion project, directed by Sally Promey.