Victoria Valdes


About Victoria Valdes

Victoria Valdes is studying at the University of Virginia as a candidate for the Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture. She works primarily with early medieval manuscripts, specializing in the Ottonian period.


Detail, Otto I presenting the Cathedral of Magdeburg, 962–968, Ottonian, from the Cathedral of Magdeburg, probably made in Milan, northern Italy (The Metropolitan Museum of Art). On this ivory, Otto presents a symbolic model of the church to Christ for his blessing. As a humble servant, Otto is depicted smaller than the company of patron saints.
Otto I was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 962. He lent his name to two successors—and left a rich artistic legacy.

Ottonian art, an introduction