Lotem is a PhD student of Art History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her research, she focuses on the presence of Jerusalem in medieval Saxon convents, as expressed in their art and cult. The reference to the holy places in Jerusalem includes the stations along the Via Dolorosa (The Stations of the Cross), the Holy Sepulchre Church, Christ’s Tomb and more. In northern Germany, these representations were especially common in the visual tradition of female communities and were repeated in a variety of media: architecture, sculpture, reliefs, illustrations and texts. Lotem aims to offer novel reasons for the popularity and centrality of Jerusalem representations in the art and cult of the medieval nuns. Through this reading she hopes to reveal more on the relationship between gender and iconography involving sacred topography.