Henry Schilb

Art History Specialist
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2C-4 Green Hall


Henry Schilb is an Art History Specialist in Byzantine Art at the Index of Medieval Art. Schilb studied with W. Eugene Kleinbauer at Indiana University Bloomington, earning a Ph.D. in 2009. Before joining the Index of Medieval Art, Schilb taught at Indiana University Bloomington and the Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He was also a student associate member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2004–2005. While the ambit of his research interests has widened to encompass post-Byzantine art, the reception of medieval art in the post-medieval world, and the aesthetic theories of the eighteenth-century portraitist Allan Ramsay, Schilb still specializes in late-Byzantine liturgical textiles, exhibiting a disturbingly persistent interest in the iconography of the Threnos.


Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 2009

Selected Publications

“‘Byzance après Byzance’ and ‘Post-Byzantine’ Art from the Late Fifteenth Century through the Eighteenth Century,” in The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Art and Architecture, edited by Ellen C. Schwartz (Oxford University Press, 2021), 255–69.

“The Byzantine Tradition in Wallachian and Moldavian Epitaphioi,” in Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages, edited by Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan (Brill, 2020), 232–47.

“Singing, Shouting, Crying, and Saying: Embroidered Veils and the Sounds of the Byzantine Rite,” in Resounding Images, edited by Susan Boynton and Diane Reilly (Brepols, 2015), 167–87.

“The Epitaphioi of Stephen the Great,” in Dressing the Part: Textiles as Propaganda in the Middle Ages, edited by Kate Dimitrova and Margaret Goehring (Brepols, 2014), 53–63.

Recent Papers

“Fragments of What? Three and a Half Ways of Looking at Patchwork Epitaphioi,” Fragments, Art, and Meaning in The Middle Ages, conference hosted by the Index of Medieval Art, Princeton University, November 2021.

“Anomalies or Evidence? Variants in Categories of Iconography on Epitaphioi of the Fourteenth through the Sixteenth Centuries,” Interdisciplinary Workshop in Textile Studies: Byzantine and Post Byzantine Productions, University of Thessaloniki, March 2021 (online conference).

“How Not to See the Iconography, Ornament, and Inscriptions on Moldavian Epitaphioi,” Fils de foi, Colloque international, Paris, INHA, May 2019.

“Mutual Peripheries: Differentiating between the Byzantine Traditions of Wallachian and Moldavian Embroideries,” 44th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, October 2018.

“Lost in Translation: The Displacement of Meaning from Post-Byzantine Liturgical Textiles Acquired by R. F. Borough and Burton Y. Berry,” 29th International Conference on Medievalism, October 2014.

“The Complexity of the Threnos: The Elaboration of Iconography, and the Interpretation of Meaning and Function,” The Thirty-Ninth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference, November 2013.

“Singing, Shouting, Crying, and Saying: Embroidered Veils and the Sounds of the Byzantine Rite,” Resounding Images: Medieval Intersections of Art, Music, and Sound, a Conference of the University Seminar on Medieval Studies, Columbia University, May 2013.

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