Kathryn A. Smith

Associate Professor of Art History
Ph.D. 1996 (Fine Arts), M. A. 1989 (Fine Arts), Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; B. A. 1982 (History of Art), Yale University.

Phone: (212) 998-8195

Areas of Research/Interest: Early Christian and medieval art; illustrated Gothic manuscripts; image-text relationships in medieval art, especially illuminated manuscripts; the roles of imagery in lay religion; images and one-off illustrated books as expressive and constitutive of medieval notions of the self.

External Affiliations: Board of Directors, International Center of Medieval Art (2007-10); Juror, College Art Association Publication Grant (2005-7); Series Editor, Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages, Brepols Publishers (2004- ); Board of Directors, MARC (NYU), 2002-8; Comité Consultif, Bourses Chateaubriand (2001-8); Nominating Committee, International Center of Medieval Art (1996-8); Steering Committee, Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500 (1993-5); International Medieval Sermon Studies Society; Medieval Club of New York; Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections; College Art Association; International Center of Medieval Art; Historians of British Art.

Fellowships/Honors: Marquis Who’s Who in American Education (2014- ); Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Art History Fellowship, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2007-8); Short-list, Historians of British Art Book Prize, Single Author, pre-circa 1800 category, for Art, Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England: Three Women and Their Books of Hours (2005); Marquis Who's Who of American Women (2004- ); National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers (2001); Article of the Month, in Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index, for 'The Neville of Hornby Hours and the Design of Literate Devotion' (August 2000); Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, NYU (1999, 2009); Mary Davis Predoctoral Fellowship, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (1993-5); Fulbright Commission/IIE, Dissertation Fellowship for study in England (1992-3).

Select Publications:
"A Viewing Community in Fourteenth-Century England," in The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images, and Communities in the Late Middle Ages, ed. by Joyce Coleman, Mark Cruse, and Kathryn A. Smith, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 21 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), 121-76.

edited, with Joyce Coleman and Mark Cruse, The Social Life of Illumination: Manuscripts, Images, and Communities in the Late Middle Ages, Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe 21 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013).

“The Monk Who Crucified Himself,” in Thresholds of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces, ed. Elina Gertsman and Jill Stevenson (Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press, 2012), 44-72.

The Taymouth Hours: Stories and the Construction of the Self in Late Medieval England (London: The British Library Publications and Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).

“Margin,” in Medieval Art History Today: Critical Terms, special issue of Studies in Iconography, ed. Nina Rowe, 33 (2012): 29-44.

“Book, Body and the Construction of the Self in the Taymouth Hours,” in Negotiating Community and Difference in Medieval Europe: Gender, Power, Patronage, and the Authority of Religion in Latin Christendom, ed. Katherine Allen Smith and Scott Wells (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 173-204.

“Chivalric Narratives and Devotional Experience in the Taymouth Hours,” in Negotiating Sacred and Secular in Medieval Art: Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, ed. Alicia Walker and Amanda Luyster (Aldhershot, UK and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishers, 2009), 17-54.

Tributes to Lucy Freeman Sandler: Studies in Illuminated Manuscripts (London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller Publishers, 2007) (editor, with Carol H. Krinsky)

“Accident, Play, and Invention: Three Infancy Miracles in the Holkham Bible Picture Book,” in Tributes to Jonathan J. G. Alexander: The Making and Meaning of Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts, Art & Architecture, ed. Gerald B. Guest and Susan L’Engle (Turnhout and London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 2006), 357-69.

“Books of Hours,” in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia, ed. Susan Mosher Stuard, Thomas Izbicki and Margaret Schaus (London: Routledge, 2006), 89-92.

Art, Identity and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England: Three Women and their Books of Hours, The British Library Studies in Medieval Culture (London: The British Library Publications and Toronto: The University of Toronto Press, 2003).

"Bibles" (essay), and eight catalogue entries, in Leaves of Gold: Manuscript Illumination from Philadelphia Collections. ed. James R. Tanis and Jenny A. Thompson (Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2001), 21-43.

"The Neville of Hornby Hours and the Design of Literate Devotion." Art Bulletin. 81/1 (1999): 72-92

"The Destruction of Jerusalem Miniatures in the Neville of Hornby Hours and their Visual, Literary and Devotional Contexts," The Real and Ideal Jerusalem in Jewish, Christian and Islamic Art, Journal of Jewish Art 23/24 (1998):179-202

"History, Typology, and Homily: The Joseph Cycle in the Queen Mary Psalter." Gesta. 32/2 (1993):147-59.

"Inventing Marital Chastity: The Iconography of Susanna and the Elders in Early Christian Art." Oxford Art Journal. 16/1 (1993):3-24.

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