Dr. Renana Bartal

History of Art Department
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PhD (awarded degree summa cum laude), The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010)

MA studies in Medieval Art History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2004)

Undergraduate studies in Art History and Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2000)



2015 –               Senior Lecturer, Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, the Art History Department, Tel Aviv University

2012 – 2015     Member of the ERC-funded project “Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem,” The European Forum at the Hebrew                               University of Jerusalem

2011 – 2012     Lady Davis Fellow, Art History Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2010                  Visiting Scholar, The Art History Department, University of Cambridge

2004 – 2005;  Visiting PhD Student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London

2006 – 2007        



2020 –  2023    ISF personal grant, A Fourteenth-Century Illuminated Meditationes Vitae Christi: Image, Meditative Praxis, and Poor Clare

Spirituality in Trecento Italy                            

2015                    ISF publication grant

2015 – 2018      Alon Fellowship for outstanding scholars

2012 – 2015       Fellowship as a team member of the ERC-funded project “Spectrum: Visual Translations of Jerusalem,” the European                                   Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

2010 – 2012      The Lady Davis Fellowship

2009 – 2010     The Edward Hechtkopf Postdoctoral Fellowship

2006 – 2009    The Nathan Rotenstreich Scholarship (vatat) for outstanding PhD candidates.

2005 – 2006    The Robert H. and Claris Smith Fund Scholarship

2004 – 2005    The Orzen Fund Fellowship

1994 – 1995      Participation in the “Poetry Class” held in Mishkenot Shaananim by The Helicon Society for the Advancement of Poetry                                in Israel, including publication of poems in volume 15 of The Helicon Anthological Journal, 1995




Gender, Piety and Production in Fourteenth-Century English Apocalypse Manuscripts (New York: Ashgate/Routledge, 2016).


Between Jerusalem and Europe: Essays in Honour of Bianca Kühnel, co-edited with Hanna Vorholt (Leiden: Brill, 2015).


Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, 500–1500, co-edited with Bianca Kühnel and Neta Bodner (New York: Ashgate/Routledge, 2017).




Illuminating Meditations: Image and Practice in the Oxford Meditationes Vitae Christi 




“The Origins of an Illuminated Meditationes Vitae Christi Manuscript,”  The Burlington Magazine 163: 1421 (2021): 728–731.


“Reading the Meditationes on the 'Mount of Light',” In The Meditationes Vitae Christi Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Text and Image, eds. Holly Flora and Peter Toth (Brepols, forthcoming 2021).


Art and Faith: Literary Sources for Christian Art.” unit 7 for the Introduction to Medieval Art in Europe and Byzantium (Ra’anana: The Open University of Israel, 2020), 367–440.


“Text, Textile, Blood: Mary under the Cross in Oxford Corpus Christi College, MS 410.” Studies in Iconography 41 (2020): 131–164.


“Lost and Found in the Meditationes Vitae Christi.” In Illuminating the Middle Ages: Tributes to Prof. John Lowden, eds. Laura Cleaver, Alixe Bovey, and Lucy Donkin (Leiden: Brill, 2020), 291–308.


“The Stone of Sansepolcro: Relic, Image, and the Resurrection of Jerusalem in Tuscany.” Codex Aquilarensis 35 (2019): 291–304.


“Piero’s Faces: Artist and Image Making in Pierro Della Francesca’s Resurrection of Christ.” Source: Notes in The History of Art 39.1 (2019): 25–35.


“Gazing at Europe across the Mediterranean Sea: Medieval Art History in Tel Aviv.” ICMA Newsletter, Summer Issue (2019): 22–23.


“Relics of Place: Stone Fragments of the Holy Sepulchre in Eleventh-Century France.” Journal of Medieval History 44.4 (2018): 406–421.


“Un Saint-Sépulcre à Beaulieu-lès-Loches.” Cahiers de Civilisation Médiévale 61 (2018): 217–228.


[with Neta Bodner and Bianca Kühnel], “Natural Materials, Place and Representation.” Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, 500–1500 (New York: Ashgate/Routledge, 2017).


[with Hanna Vorholt], “Introduction.” in Between Jerusalem and Europe, eds. Renana Bartal and Hanna Vorholt (Leiden: Brill, 2015), 1–12.


‘And Behold a Door was Opened in Heaven’: Vision and Visual Strategies in Three Vernacular Apocalypses from Fourteenth-Century England.” In The Armenian Apocalyptic Tradition: A Comparative Perspective, ed. Sergio La Porta and Kevork Bardakjian (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 640–654.


“Ducitur et Reducitur: Passion Devotion and Mental Motion in an Illuminated Meditationes Vitae Christi manuscript.” In Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, ed. Bianca Kühnel, Galit Noga-Banai, and Hanna Vorholt (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014), 369–380.


“Repetition, Opposition and Invention in an Illuminated Meditationes Vitae Christi.” Gesta 53.2 (2014): 155–174.


“Bridal Mysticism and Eucharistic Devotion: The Marriage of the Lamb in an Illustrated Apocalypse from Fourteenth-Century England.” Viator  42.1 (2011): 227–246.


“The Pepys Apocalypse (Cambridge, Magdalene College, Ms Pepys 1803) and the Readership of Religious Women.” Journal of Medieval History 37.4 (2011): 1–20.


“The Illuminator of Bodleian Library MS. Selden Supra 38 and his Working Methods.” In Du scriptorium à l'atelier: copistes et artisans dans la conception du livre manuscrit au Moyen Age, ed. Jean-Luc Deuffic Deuffic, special issue of Pecia: ressources en médiévistique 13 (2010): 387–404.


“Heavenly Visions and Constructed Devotion in Fourteenth-Century Vernacular Apocalypses.”  Immediations 2.2 (2009): 143–146.


“A Note on Bodleian Library MS. Selden Supra 38, Jehan Raynsford and Johanna de Bishopsdon.” Bodleian Library Record 19.2 (2006): 239–244




“The Douce Apocalypse.” In The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art, ed. Colum Hourihane (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), II, 320–321


“New Jerusalem” and “New Heaven and New Earth” in The Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (EBR), De Gruyter, Berlin 


“Review of Richard Emmerson Apocalypse Illuminated: The Visual Exegesis of Revelation in Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts (Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, 2018).” Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture 7.1 (2019): 140–147.


Review of Robin Griffith-Jones and Eric Fernie (eds.), Tomb and Temple: Re-imagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem. English Historical Review CXXXIV. 571 (2019): 15061507.

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