Magic Grant sparks interactive map of treasures

By the Humanities Council

Virgin from the Annunciation. Image credit: Icon Gallery-Ohrid, N. I. Institute for the Protection of the Monuments of Culture and Museum-Ohrid, Macedonia

With the pandemic limiting in-person visits to libraries and archives, Princeton’s Humanities Council began offering Rapid Response Magic Grants for projects that spark innovation and collaboration amid social distancing. One such project is Mapping Eastern Europe in the 13th–17th Centuries, which offers simple and intuitive engagement with the art and history of the culturally rich, yet often enigmatic and neglected, territories of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains and early modern Russia. Led by Maria Alessia Rossi, an art history specialist in the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Index of Medieval Art, and Alice Isabella Sullivan at the University of Michigan, the project website features an interactive map offering case studies, historical overviews, and notices about ongoing projects, as well as reviews of recent books and exhibitions.