Markus Späth

Gerda Henkel Visiting Professor of German Studies, Autumn AY 22-23

Markus Späth is Professor of Medieval Art History at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen. His research interests include medieval art and architecture in the British Isles, medieval corporations as patrons of art, image and reproduction before Gutenberg, late medieval universities as sacred space, and most recently the relation of art and landscape in Medieval Germany.

At Stanford he holds a joint Gerda Henkel Visiting Professorship (together with Kristin Böse) during Autumn Quarter 2022 with the teaching and research project “Route – Place – Object. Re-defining 'cultural landscape' in medieval Germany”, focusing on the central German region of Hesse from the thirteenth century until the Reformation.

Markus Späth received a Dilthey research grant from the Volkswagen Stiftung (2008–14). He was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for German Cultural Studies, Cornell University (2013) and a Visiting Research Fellow of Merton College, Oxford (2018).


Recent publications (in selection): 

  • "Eine Verweiskultur in Wachs. Städtische Siegel am Oberrhein als Medien politischer Zuordnung und Distinktion“ in Verweiskulturen im Mittelalter, ed. Sabine Griese and Claudine Moulin (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2021), 105–139.
  • “Magnificence beyond convention. The double-sided seal of ‘archduke’ Rudolph IV of Austria” in Status, Identity and Authority. Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Archives and Heraldry presented to Adrian Ailes, ed: Sean Cunningham, Anne Curry and Paul Dryburgh (London: The Heraldry Society, 2021), 141–156.
  • [co-editor with Joachim Kemper] Materiality Matters: New approaches to medieval sealing cultures (Brussels: Archives générales du Royaume, 2020).
  • "Sakralraum und Bildungsgemeinschaft. Spätmittelalterliche College-Kapellen in Oxford“ in Marburger Jahrbuch für Kunstwissenschaft 45 (2018), 81–106.


Research Interests

  • German Languages, Literatures, and Cultures