Jaroslav Folda (NHC Fellow, 1988–89; 1998–99; 2006–07)

Project Title, 1988–89

A History of the Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land: 1099–1291

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project Title, 1998–99

The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land: 1187–1291

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Project Title, 2006–07

Crusader Art: An Introduction

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Fellowship Work Summary, 1998–99

Jaroslav Folda spent the year writing his book entitled The Art of the Crusaders in the Holy Land, 1187-1291. He wrote several shorter pieces including an article for the Center’s journal, Ideas (vol. 6, no. 1), entitled “Icon or Altarpiece? Reflections on the Kahn and Mellon Madonnas”; a memorial,”Joseph C. Sloane, Jr., In Memoriam,” submitted to the Faculty Council of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a paper,”Icon or Altarpiece in the Frankish East: Images of the Virgin and Child Enthroned,” for a symposium,”Dipinti su tavola nel Due-Trecento italiano,” held at the Istituto Universitario Olandese in Florence (revised and submitted for Studies in the History of Art, edited by V. Schmidt, forthcoming [2001] from the National Gallery of Art/CASVA); an article,”Reflections on the Mellon Madonna as a Work of Crusader Art,” for the Festschrift in Honor of Jean Richard, edited by M. Balard and J. Riley-Smith; and a draft of an article,”What Is Crusader Art?” He gave several lectures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including “Joseph Curtis Sloane, Jr., Reminiscences,” a talk for the Art Department and the Ackland Museum of Art;”The Art of the Crusaders after the Loss of Jerusalem in 1187: New Directions,” for the Medieval Studies Colloquium; and “Art of the Crusaders: The Pilgrimage of Armand de Beaupré and His Wife, Melissende, to the Holy Land, 17 December 1253 – 27 April 1254,” for a Weekend Seminar in the Program in Humanities and Human Values. He gave a lecture in honor of Allen W. Clowes, entitled “Icon or Altarpiece? Reflections on the Kahn and Mellon Madonnas,” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and presented a paper for the session on “Remembering Jerusalem,” entitled “Commemorations of the Conquest of Jerusalem in the Crusader Period,” at the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, in Washington, D.C. He was a participant in the Lilly Collegium on Religion and the Humanities at the Center.

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