Karin Krause

Assistant Professor of Byzantine Theology and Visual Culture; Affiliate Faculty, Department of Art History

MA, University of Bonn
PhD, University of Munich (LMU)

Karin Krause has published on a wide array of topics, including Byzantine book illumination, the interrelation of images and texts, monumental art of Medieval Italy, Early Christian pilgrimage art, the cult of relics, art and liturgy, visual allegory, the classical heritage, phenomena of cultural and artistic transfer from Byzantium to the West, and the legacy of Byzantine art in post-medieval Europe.

Her first book, The Illustrated Homilies of John Chrysostom in Byzantium (published in German) was awarded a prize by the German Southeast Europe Society (Südosteuropa Gesellschaft). Krause is currently completing her second monograph, tentatively titled Propaganda – Cult – Scholarship. The Response to Byzantine Artifacts in Venice (13th–18th c.). This investigation is situated within the broader contexts of cultural exchange in the Mediterranean area and of Western perceptions of Byzantium until the Baroque age. She has begun research for a further book project, Images of Inspiration in Byzantium and beyond, for which she is exploring visual and textual material relevant to the notion of divine inspiration from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages.

Karin Krause has received research grants and fellowships from the German Research Community (DFG), the Max Planck Society, the Gerda Henkel Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks, the University of Basel; the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Hellenic Republic.

Before joining the University of Chicago faculty Professor Krause was Lecturer of Art History at the University of Basel and Visiting Lecturer at the Universities of Vienna, Bonn and Helsinki. 

Select work: 

Prof. Krause at Academia.edu



Current and Upcoming Courses
  • Byzantium: Art, Religion, Culture I (HCHR/RLVC 32302)
  • Early Christian Art (HCHR/RLVC 43107)
  • The Holy Land in the Middle Ages (RLVC/HCHR 45200)