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Open Access In Memory of Prof. Jens Wollesen (d. April 22, 2013)

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Professor Jens Wollesen was long a major force in medieval studies at the University of Toronto, where he was an esteemed colleague and teacher. He came to Toronto after conducting graduate work at the Universities of Heidelberg (Ph.D. 1975) and Munich (Habilitation, 1985). He was an expert on the art of Italy and the Mediterranean region and specialized in late medieval pictorial imagery; indeed, he addressed the relation between image and text in a variety of media—fresco, mosaic, and panel painting. He was the author of four books on aspects of medieval art: Die Fresken von San Piero a Grado bei Pisa (1977); Pictures and Reality: Monumental Frescoes & Mosaics in Rome around 1300 (1999); HASTEN TO MY AID AND COUNSEL... The Answers of the Pictures: Private Devotional Panel Painting In Italy Around 1300 (2005); and most recently, Patrons and Painters on Cyprus. The Frescoes in the Royal Chapel at Pyrga (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2010), and he contributed numerous articles to leading journals such as the Römisches Jahrbuch der Bibliotheca Herziana and the Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte. Another book, Acre or Cyprus? A New Approach to Crusader Painting Around 1300, is forthcoming from Akademie Verlag, Berlin. Professor Wollesen was an early innovator in setting up digital technology in the Art Department of his university. Dedicated to undergraduate teaching, he designed the first-year Introduction to Art History, offering the course for many years to the wide acclaim of the student body, and enduringly engaging many students’ with the history of art. Professor Wollesen was remarkably learned but wore his erudition lightly. His humor, his warmth, his generosity, and his personal charisma will be greatly missed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2014

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  • Until a short time ago, in German speaking countries there has neither been a periodical dealing primarly with interdisciplinary research of the Middle Ages, nor has there been a forum for regular publications in other languages. Wishing to close this gap, the journal «Mediaevistik» therefore pursues two aims: 1. To publish research methods and results which deal with studies within the different categories of the Middle Ages as a subject, and 2. to offer a forum for studies in all other important European languages and thus stressing and furthering the internationality of this particular field of research. The time frame is approx. the 8th to the 16th century, corresponding with the geographical boundaries of Latin Christianity in the High Middle Ages.

    All articles in Mediaevistik are published as full open access articles under a CC-BY Creative Commons license 4.0. There are no submission charges and no Article Processing Charges as these are fully funded by institutions through Knowledge Unlatched, resulting in no direct charge to authors.

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