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Imagining the Unforgivable Sin: Suicide in Medieval Art and Thought

Benjamin Zweig, Research Associate, 2017–2018

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The Crucifixion of Christ, c. 425, plaque from an ivory casket; the earliest known Crucifixion scene, combined with the suicide of Judas. The British Museum, London. M&ME, 1856,6-23,5. © Trustees of the British Museum / Art Resource, NY

This year I made substantial progress on my book manuscript on the representation of suicide in medieval art. I have further continued my research on the art and architecture of the medieval Baltic and on the digital humanities. I have two essays slated for publication this year and have completed a short article on an unpublished illuminated manuscript in the collection of the British Library. I presented papers at conferences in Providence, Poitiers, Washington, Kalamazoo, and Mexico City, and participated in a symposium on machine vision learning and art history at the Frick Collection.

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