Marianne Ritsema van Eck

Postdoctoral Fellow - Det norske institutt i Roma
Image of Marianne Ritsema van Eck
Norwegian version of this page
Mobile phone 0039 06 5839 1010
Visiting address Viale Trenta Aprile 33 00153 Roma
Postal address Viale Trenta Aprile 33 00153 Roma

Academic interests

I am a historian of religion specialized in late medieval and early modern period, with a particular interest in religious expressions at the intersection of visual, material, and textual culture. My areas of expertise are Franciscan studies, the cult of the saints, pilgrimage and travel to the Middle East, historical cartography, and Italian sacri monti.

As Postdoctoral Fellow at the Norwegian Institute in Rome, I develop the project St Helena and the city of Rome: re-inventing the late antique Christian past in early modernity (ca. 1450-1650).

Courses taught


Before coming to the Norwegian Institute in Rome, I was assistant professor in medieval history at Leiden University in the Netherlands. In June 2017 I defended my PhD dissertation at the University of Amsterdam with the distinction cum laude.

In my first book, The Holy Land in Observant Franciscan Texts (Brill 2019), I analyse the development of the complex Observant Franciscan engagement with the Holy Land during the early modern period. I am developing a second book project about Franciscan sacri monti in Italy (c. 1250-1700).



  • The Holy Land in Observant Franciscan Texts (c. 1480–1650): Theology, Travel, and Territoriality. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2019.

Journal articles 

book chapters

Public engagement




Tags: Medieval Studies, Early Modern Period, Rome, Religionshistorie, Visual Culture, Material Culture


Cristin returned 'not found'

Published Sep. 8, 2021 10:17 AM - Last modified Dec. 21, 2021 1:36 PM