Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
History of Art
Sarah . Guérin
Robert . Ousterhout
The twelfth-century monuments of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem attracted
pilgrims who came to see “the holy places in which the Lord lived as a man.” Landscapes
of Salvation: Architecture and Memory in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem investigates
how architecture, decoration, and liturgy structured this desired encounter between
medieval viewer and biblical history.
The staging of natural rock and older architectural fragments in the Church at Abu
Ghosh, Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, and Latin Church of the Holy Sepulchre
provided worshippers with raw material that rendered the sacred past present. There was,
however, a lack of consensus between patrons and viewers on the theological
interpretation of the events marked by the loca sancta. Space, image, text, and ritual
therefore became a means of negotiating sacred and secular power among viewing
communities. My study engages in a history of sacred space that considers how the
twelfth-century structures responded to, and shaped, medieval understandings of sacred
topography and time.
Boomer, Megan, "Landscapes Of Salvation: Architecture And Memory In The Latin Kingdom Of Jerusalem" (2019). Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations. 3616.