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European representational arts of the High and Later Middle Ages, especially manuscript illumination, religious and secular iconography and historiography.
Office Location(s): 150E Tappan Hall
Office Hours: T 2:30-4pm & by appointment
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Elizabeth Sears specializes in European representational arts from the eighth through fourteenth century. Much of her research involves close study of manuscripts and precious objects, but her work is characteristically thematic and problem-based. Current projects range from the investigation of French guild regulations as a source of information about the medieval critical eye to the study of Carolingian notions of the divisions of time to a consideration of the place of the Beatitudes in twelfth-century art and religious life. Recently she has devoted herself additionally to investigations of art-historical thought and its history. Her early training in the tradition of Aby Warburg has led her to make the Warburgian heritage an area of study and teaching. She is at present working on a book concerning art history in the 1920s and 1930s.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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Ann Arbor, MI