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I teach medieval art history in Oberlin’s Art Department, covering the period from 300 to 1300 CE in Europe, and 1300 to 1500 north of the Alps. I first encountered art history at Oberlin, from which I graduated in 1989, and to which I returned to teach in 1997. My graduate studies focused on illuminated manuscripts, and my published work has dealt chiefly with art at the courts of France and Burgundy. I’m currently studying the medieval art historical imagination —that is, how medieval people used history to explain buildings and images.

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How to use an advisor

Building a better Polonius.

Herb Derwig's Ivy

"An honorable and a friendly memory"

Foreign Languages

Who needs one?

The Allen's Greatest Hits, 2011 edition (part 3 of 3)

Recent acquisitions, and older ones, too.

The Allen's Greatest Hits, 2011 edition (part 2 of 3)

The 1910s win.

The Allen's Greatest Hits, 2011 edition (part 1 of 3)

The most popular works in the Allen, judging by the exhibition projects prepared by students in Themes in Western Art History.

Work in progress is the best show in town

a shared sense of preparation and anticipation

Word of the day: ipsilateral

One of teaching's satisfactions is learning new things from students.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum Reopens!

Having the museum open again is like breathing clearly after recovering from a bad cold.

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