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Imagining the Unforgivable Sin: Suicide in Medieval Art and Thought

Benjamin Zweig, Research Associate, 2016 – 2017


Suicide of Judas, detail of capital sculpture, Autun cathedral, France. Author photograph

This year I have continued transforming my doctoral research into the first monograph on the iconography of suicide in medieval art, for which I have conducted empirical and archival research in France, Germany, and Switzerland. In addition, I completed two articles for publication, the first on Saint Birgitta of Sweden and the second on the problem of perfection in medieval art and thought. In March I participated in “Coding Dürer: An International Interdisciplinary Hackathon for Art History and Information Science” in Munich, where I helped develop a project on the failure of machine vision image analysis.