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Anna Dlabacova


Dr. A. Dlabacova
+31 71 527 2119

Fields of interest

  • Religious literature and society (15th and early 16th century)
  • Early printing
  • Manuscript studies
  • Late Medieval Distribution of Texts
  • Late Medieval Textual and Visual Culture



My research focuses on Antwerp’s early printers and their vernacular, religious texts in the pre-Reformation period (1480-1520). Celebrated as the ‘capital of capitalism’ and ‘mother of all artists’, Antwerp can be seen the 16th-century centre for cultural production in the Low Countries. Parallel to the international success of Antwerp painting – with artists such as Quinten Massys or Joos van Cleve and many anonymous painters – the city became the Low Countries’ centre for pioneers of the printing press. These two phenomena not only coincided, but also interlocked. Printers and painters worked together in one professional community: the guild of St. Luke. The various branches of cultural production dovetailed both in production and in consumption. My aim is to study the interaction of textual and visual culture by analysing the book production of Antwerp’s first generation of printers against the backdrop of the city’s cultural production.

Curriculum vitae

PhD, cum laude:  Literatuur en observantie. De Spieghel der volcomenheit van Hendrik Herp en de dynamiek van laatmiddeleeuwse tekstverspreiding. Department of Dutch Language and Culture, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. Promotor: Prof. dr. W. van Anrooij; Co-promotor: Dr. G. Warnar 

Scaliger Fellow, Scaliger Institute/Department of Special Collections, Leiden University Library 

PhD researcher Department of Dutch Language and Culture, Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. NWO-project  Mysticism for a New Age: Hendrik Herp’s Spieghel der volcomenheit in manuscript and print (c. 1455/60 – 1552) (individual NWO-mosaic grant)

Associated member Marie Curie ITN  Mobility of Ideas and Transmission of Texts

2012-2013 and 2008-2009
Lecturer (VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Arts, Department of History). Courses: Academical Skills, Humanities I, Cultures of reading in the late Middle Ages, Overview History of the Middle Ages, The Netherlands in the Late Middle Ages 

Research assistant NOW VIDI-project ‘Men of letters. Medieval Dutch literature and learning’, supervised by dr. Geert Warnar (Leiden University - Pallas, Institute for Cultural Disciplines) 

Mphil Research Master’s programme in History after 1400, cum laude 
(VU University Amsterdam and Freie Universität Berlin)


  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Oude Nederlandse L&C

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311BV Leiden
Room number 1.05b



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