In his fascinating book, Vikan shows us that, Graceland is a locus sanctus -a holy place-and Elvis is its resident saint, while the hordes of fans that crowd Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis are modern-day pilgrims, connected in spirit and practice to their early Christian counterparts, sharing a fascination for icons and icography, relics, souvenirs, votives, and even a belief in miracles.
Gary Vikan served as director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore from 1994 to 2012. An internationally known Byzantinist and scholar of medieval art, Dr. Vikan has published and lectured extensively on topics as varied as early Christian pilgrimage, medicine and magic, icons, the Shroud of Turin, neuroscience and aesthetics, and Elvis Presley. He is adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins University, Department of Art History, and a faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University School of Continuing Studies. He was named Chevalier de l Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2000. A native of Minnesota, he received his B.A. from Carleton College in 1967 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1976.