The power of charismatic art
Talk given by Melanie Holcomb
Given at a TEDx event on October 19, 2013
Melanie Holcomb, a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1999, is a specialist in the luxury arts of the middle ages, from treasure hoards to illuminated manuscripts. An alumna of Smith College and the University of Michigan, she organized the exhibition Pen and Parchment: Drawing in the Middle Ages in 2009 and is currently co-curator of the exhibition series Medieval Jewish Art in Context.
Holcomb has a particular interest in travel, trade, and other means of cultural exchange among medieval patrons and artists. Her current research is focused on the art and history of the Holy Land; she and her colleague Barbara Boehm are preparing an exhibition devoted to Jerusalem in the Middle Ages, scheduled for 2016 at the Met.