Diane Reilly

Diane Reilly

Provost Professor, Art History


  • Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1999

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

"Continuities and Transformations in Art, Manuscript Culture, and Architecture," for Rethinking Reform in the High Middle Ages (900-1150), ed. Steven Vanderputten (Brill, 2022).

“Setting the Stage: The ‘Structural’ Roles of Furniture in Medieval Illustration,” with Lisa Hunt (co-author), A Cultural History of Furniture II: the Middle Ages and Renaissance (500-1500), eds. Erin Campbell and Stephanie Miller (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2022) 213-244.

The Cistercian Reform and the Art of the Book in Twelfth-Century France, Diane J. Reilly (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018).

“The Cistercians at Zaraka: Reconstructing Ritual and Libraries,” Zaraka, ed. Sheila Campbell (Kalamazoo: Western Michigan Medieval Institute Press, 2018), 97-112.

“Reims, Liège and institutional reform in the central Middle Ages: the manuscript evidence,” Medieval Liège at the Crossroads of Europe: Monastic Society and Culture, 1000 - 1300, eds. Steven Vanderputten, Tjamke Snijders and Jay Diehl, Medieval Church Studies 37 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2017), 109-150.

“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.

Courses taught

  • Religion in Literature, Music Art and 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 and 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)