Diane Reilly

Diane Reilly

Provost Professor, Art History

• Accepting Ph.D. students


  • 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

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