Beatrice Kitzinger  Assistant Professor

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Beatrice Kitzinger

Assistant ProfessorWestern Medieval Art


Ph.D., Harvard University, 2012

Beatrice Kitzinger specializes in the art of the western European Middle Ages. Her book in progress, with the working title The Cross, the Gospels and the Work of Art in the Carolingian Age, examines intersections of artistic media, of pictorial and liturgical space, and of historical, eschatological, and ritual time primarily in manuscript illumination between the 8th and 10th centuries. Kitzinger studies Carolingian-era illumination in an inclusive perspective, focusing on little-studied manuscripts from western France. She analyzes manuscript paintings in close relationship to their codicological contexts and to objects, actions, and spaces outside the boundaries of books, examining the project of book-making relative to a broader view of art-making in the Carolingian world.

Kitzinger’s work has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Stanford University’s Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, where she held a postdoctoral appointment before coming to Princeton. Kitzinger has worked in museums and libraries in Europe and the United States, and taught for the Prison University Project at San Quentin Prison while at Stanford.

Kitzinger’s current research focuses on the intersection of narrative and history in early medieval art, and she is reviving a longstanding interest in the relationship between art and theater in the Middle Ages. Her course offerings reflect these topics, along with emphasis on the materials and techniques of medieval artwork, the function and status of medieval art, relationships between medieval artistic media, and those between medieval art and society. 

Selected Publications

“Judgment on Parchment: Besançon MS 579 and the Uses of Theater in Fourteenth-century France,” forthcoming in Gesta (Spring 2016).

“The Instrumental Cross and the Use of the Gospel Book Troyes, Bibliothèque Municipale MS 960,” Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art 4, “Active Objects” (2014).

“Recasting Hrabanus: Romanesque Praise for the Holy Cross,” in Romanesque and the Past: Retrospection in the Art and Architecture of Romanesque Europe, ed. John McNeill and Richard Plant (Maney, 2013).

“The Liturgical Cross and the Space of the Passion: The Diptych of Angers MS 24,” in Envisioning Christ on the Cross: Ireland and the Early Medieval West, ed. Juliet Mullins, Jenifer Ní Ghrádaigh, and Richard Hawtree (Four Courts Press, 2013).

“Troyes, Bibliothèque municipale,  960: Approaches to Ninth–Tenth Century Breton Gospel Illumination,” Rivista di Storia della Miniatura 17 (2013).