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 Professor, Department of Art History
Department Chair

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Office hours: Tuesdays 1:15-2:15p.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
  • 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.
  • 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).

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
Radio/TV Building 316
1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.