Art History Program

Anne Rudloff Stanton

Anne Rudloff Stanton
Associate Professor of Art History
Focus Area: 

Medieval and Northern Renaissance Art


B.F.A. in painting, Southwestern University

Ph. D. in art history, University of Texas at Austin

Research Description: 

The decoration of medieval illuminated prayerbooks often reflects complex relationships between storytelling, devotional practice, and page design, and also link to the larger visual and material contexts in which the books were intended to be used. My research explores these relationships in 13th and 14th century prayerbooks made for English patrons, particularly a group of manuscripts, decorated with sequential images in their initials and margins, that operated in the orbit of Isabella of France, a 14th-century queen of England.


My courses address the art and architecture of northwestern Europe from the 11th through the 16th centuries. In addition to the broad foundation in our large surveys of Ancient and Medieval Art, Renaissance through Modern Art, I offer students a more focused exploration of illustrated books in Art of the Book and period surveys of late medieval art and architecture and Renaissance art. Courses at the senior and graduate level explore various topics under general rubrics, including recent courses on Romanesque pilgrimage art and architecture; Gothic Manuscript Illumination; and theoretical approaches to northern Renaissance prints and paintings. Recent graduate seminars have addressed maps and diagrams in medieval art, medieval cities, symbol and illusion in northern Renaissance painting, and other topics.

Courses taught include:

  • ARHA 1110: Ancient & Medieval Art
  • ARHA 1120: Renaissance through Modern Art
  • ARHA 2150: Art of the Book
  • ARHA 3530: Late Medieval Art
  • ARHA 3630: Northern Renaissance Art
  • ARHA 4530/7530: Romanesque Art and Architecture
  • ARHA 4540/7540: Gothic Art and Architecture
  • ARHA 4660/7660: Art and Ideas in the Northern Renaissance
  • ARHA 8110: Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • ARHA 8520: Seminar in Medieval Art
Selected Publications: 
  • "The Personal Geography of a Dowager Queen: Isabella of France and her Inventory" in , ed. Tracy Chapman Hamilton and Mariah Proctor-Tiffany (forthcoming, Brill)
  • What the Queen Saw: Imagery in the Household of Isabella of France" in The Elite Household: Proceedings of the 2016 Harlaxton Symposium, ed. Chris Woolgar (forthcoming, Shaun Tyas; summer 2018)
  • “Design, Devotion, and Durability in Gothic Prayer Books,” in , ed.Colum Hourihane (Princeton, 2014): 87-107. 
  • "Turning the Pages: Marginal Narratives and Devotional Practice in Gothic Prayerbooks," in , ed. Sarah Blick and Laura Gelfand (Leiden, 2011): 75-122.      
  • "Queen Mary and her Psalter: a Gothic Manuscript in Tudor England," in , ed. Alyce Jordan and Janet Marquardt (Cambridge, 2009): 18-38.
  • "Isabelle of France and her Manuscripts, 1308-1358," in , ed. Kathleen Nolan, The New Middle Ages (New York, 2003): 225-252 and Figures 10.1 - 10.
  • "The Psalter of Isabelle of France, Queen of England: Isabelle as the Audience"  18 (2002): 1-27.
  • The Queen Mary Psalter: A Study of Affect and Audience (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2001 – winner of the APS Millennium Award