Laura Veneskey

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Laura Veneskey
Assistant Professor
Ancient, Medieval, and Byzantine Art
(336) 758-5081
Office: Scales Fine Arts Center 107


Laura Veneskey (Sarah Lawrence College, B.A.; Northwestern University, Ph.D.) teaches courses in ancient, medieval, and Byzantine art. Her research explores the visual culture of the late antique and medieval Mediterranean, with special focus on issues of materiality, sacred geography, medieval image theory, pilgrimage, and the cult of relics. She is currently preparing a book manuscript investigating portable objects as mobile markers of topographic sanctity. Professor Veneskey has received grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Max-Planck-Institut, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the Graham Foundation, and the Warburg Institute. Before coming to Wake Forest, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University.

Selected Publications

• “Jerusalem Refracted: Geographies of the True Cross in Late Antiquity,” in Matters of Faith: Natural Materials as Metonyms for the Holy Land, ed. Bianca Kühnel, Neta Bodner, and Renana Bartal (forthcoming)

Synergies in Visual Culture: Studies in honor of Gerhard Wolf/Bildkulturen im Dialog. Festschrift für Gerhard Wolf, co-edited with Manuela De Giorgi, Annette Hoffmann, and Nicola Suthor (Munich: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2013).


ART 103. History of Western Art
ART 241. Ancient Art
ART 245. Art & Architecture of the Roman World
ART 246. Late Antique & Byzantine Art
ART 250. Medieval Art
ART 249. Arts of Medieval Spain
FYS 100. Cultural Convergence & Artistic Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean