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Lauren Van Nest, M.A.

Kress Two-Year Institutional Fellow in the History of Art | September 2023–Juli 2025

Zimmer: 140c

Abteilung/en: Forschung
Gruppe/n: Fellows


  • Ph.D. (in progress), Art and Architectural History, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA | Dissertation: “Sacral Performance & Extended Royal Bodies in the Ottonian Empire: The Case of Henry II & Kunigunde (1002–1024)” | Advisor: Dr. Eric Ramírez-Weaver
  • M.A., Art History, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON                        
  • B.A., Art History (Honors) and History; Minor, Medieval and Early Modern Studies; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC    

Selected Awards

  • Kress Two-Year Institutional Fellowship in the History of Art, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte
  • DAAD One-Year Research Grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
  • VMFA Art History Graduate Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Dean's Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of Virginia
  • Graduate Global Research Grant, University of Virginia
  • Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Research Fellowship, University of Virginia

Recent Work

  • “Regina et Regnum: The Coronation of Queen Kunigunde in the Pericopes of Henry II (Clm 4452, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich),” at Network for Medieval Arts & Rituals (NetMAR) International Congress, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (May 2023).
  • “Holy Matter: The Transfiguration of Henry II and Kunigunde,” at Staging the Ruler’s Body in Medieval Cultures: A Comparative Perspective, University of Fribourg (November 2020).
  • “Patron, Performer, and Treasure of Heaven: A Hodderian Approach to the Star Mantle of Henry II (Diözesanmuseum Bamberg),” at Leeds International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds (July 2019).