Religious Art Scholar Jeffrey Hamburger Receives Award

Jeffrey Hamburger, Authority on Medieval Religious Art Receives Anneliese Maier Research Award


Jeffrey Hamburger © Kris Snibbe

Kuno Francke Professor of German Art and Culture at Harvard University, Jeffrey Hamburger has received this year’s Anneliese Maier Research award. Hamburger is recognized worldwide as an authority on the religious art of the Middle Ages. The award entails a considerable fund, to be used for collaborative research with one or more German scholars over a five-year period. Hamburger plans to work with Professor Eva Schlotheuber of the History Department at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. Their research will focus on art history and epistemological cultures of the Middle Ages. Hamburger told the Harvard Gazette: “In addition to focusing on topics of special interest to me, such as liturgical manuscripts, monastic libraries, and exegetical diagrams, the seminars will be designed to train students in the basic skills required to analyze a wide range of primary sources from the Middle Ages, visual as well as verbal.” A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Jeffrey Hamburger is especially known for illuminating neglected sides of Medieval cultural life — a penchant shown, for instance, by his research on female monasteries.