Karin Krause’s work focuses on Byzantium and the phenomena of cultural exchange in the Mediterranean area from late antiquity to the early modern era. Her research and teaching interests include visualization strategies and text reception in the visual arts, the impact of the classical heritage on Byzantine art, and Byzantine book culture.
She is currently working on two book projects. One, titled “Propaganda— Cult—Scholarship. The Response to Byzantine Artifacts in Venice (13th–18th c.),” is dedicated to early manifestations of the appreciation, collecting, and historiography of artifacts from Byzantium in Western Europe. For her other project, “Confirming Authenticity: Images of Inspiration in Byzantium and Beyond,” Krause investigates visual and textual material relevant to notions of divine authority and sacred scripture from antiquity to the later Middle Ages.
Krause received her PhD from the University of Munich. Her doctoral dissertation, “The Illustrated Homilies of John Chrysostom in Byzantium,” was honored by the German Southeast Europe Society (Südosteuropa-Gesellschaft). Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Krause taught at the Universities of Basel, Vienna, Bonn, and Helsinki.
Krause joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2014.