FSU Art History alumna Jennifer Feltman (PhD 2011) was awarded a 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for her book project, Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculptural Programs of the Last Judgment in Thirteenth-Century France. The NEH award will support two months of continuous work on her book manuscript and a companion website, which will make high-resolution images freely available to the public.
As Dr. Feltman explains, “Traditional studies of Last Judgment portal iconography attempt to locate a prototype upon which all other portals are based. But portals are not images, created in one instance. They are complex physical structures, often involving multiple stages of construction. In fact, there was no set solution to the theme of the Last Judgment. Rather its new imagery in thirteenth-century France was the result of a variety of experiments, which were not entirely dependent upon the movement of sculptural workshops. This book will highlight the importance of communities of learning associated with the burgeoning University of Paris, where the new interest in the practical, moralizing literature of pastoralia bore its first fruits. As clerics trained in Paris left to take positions in dioceses throughout northern France, they carried with them the new moral-pastoral emphasis. I have been interested in the ways in which the texts they were reading and modes of biblical exegesis in which they were trained shaped the visual imagery of cathedrals.”
In Fall 2015, Dr. Feltman will join the faculty of the University of West Florida for a three-year appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History. In this new position, she will continue her research and teach upper-division courses in Medieval Art and Architecture and surveys of pre-modern Western and Global Art.