College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Diane Reilly

Diane Reilly Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Department Chair

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Office hours: Tuesdays 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. and by appointment


Ph.D. University of Toronto

Research Interests

  • Romanesque illuminated manuscript, especially Giant Bibles and early Cistercian Office manuscripts
  • The process and functions of text illustration in monastic culture
  • Art, text and sound in medieval pedagogy

Selected Publications

The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages
  • "Meditation, Translation, the Liturgy, and the Medieval Illustrated Psalter in the West," A Book of Psalms from Eleventh-Century Byzantium, eds. Barbara Crostini Lappin and Glenn Peers, Studi e Testi 504 (Vatican City: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 2016), pp. 567-606.
  • Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound, eds. Susan Boynton and Diane J. Reilly (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015).
  • Gerardi Cameracensis Acta Synodi Atrebatensis, Vita Autberti, Vita Gaugerici necnon varia scripta ex officina Gerardi exstantia, eds. Steven Vanderputten and Diane J. Reilly, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis 270 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2014).

  • "The Bible as Bellwether: manuscript Bibles in the context of spiritual, liturgical and educational reform, 1000-1200," Form and Function in Late Medieval Bibles, eds. Eyal Poleg and Laura Light, Library of the Written Word - The Manuscript World, ed. Richard Gameson (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 9-29.
  • "Cistercian Art," for The Cambridge Companion to the Cistercian Order, ed. Mette Bruun (Cambridge University Press, 2012), 125-139.
  • The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages: Production, Reception and Performance in Western Christianity, eds. Susan Boynton and Diane Reilly (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011).
  • "Reconciliation and record keeping: heresy, civic dissent and the exercise of episcopal authority in eleventh-century Cambrai," with Steven Vanderputten (co-author), Journal of Medieval History 37, no. 4, (2011)
  • "Education, Liturgy and Practice in early Cîteaux," in Understanding Monastic Practices of Oral Communication, ed. Steven Vanderputten, Utrecht Studies in Medieval Literacy 21, series editor Marco Mostert (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), 79-108.
  • "Bernard of Clairvaux and Christian Art," in A Companion to Bernard of Clairvaux, Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition, ed. Brian Patrick McGuire (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 279-304.

Courses taught

  • Religion in Literature, Music Art & Performance: Monks, Nuns and Medieval Art (H235)
  • Romanesque Art (A423)
  • Introduction to Ancient to Medieval Art (A101)
  • Illuminated Manuscripts in the Middle Ages: Form, Function, and Audience (A323/A522)
  • Problems in Early Romanesque Art: The Normans (623)
  • The Gothic Cathedral (A324)
  • The Medieval City (A426/A520)
  • Problems in Romanesque Art: Romanesque Manuscripts (A623)
  • Problems in Early Gothic Art: Women as Artists, Patrons, and Audience in Medieval Art (A624)
  • Problems in Early Gothic Art: Art & Architecture of the Cistercians (A624)
  • Problems in Romanesque Manuscripts: Bibles, Psalters, the Liturgy and the Saints (A623)
  • Storytelling in the Middle Ages: Medieval Narrative Art in Manuscripts, Mural Paintings and Mosaics (A622)
  • Romanesque and Gothic Art (A322)

Department of Art History
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