Mathilde Sauquet is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Art and Archaeology and specializes in the global medieval Mediterranean, encompassing Early Christianity, Byzantium and the Islamic world. She is interested in the artistic production of multi-confessional communities which materializes the existence of highly connected networks and intricate cross-cultural interactions. As part of this greater framework, she is also interested in the intersection of material culture, theology, and visual literacy.
Sauquet's undergraduate senior thesis explored the hybrid nature and political agenda of Roger II’s Cappella Palatina in Palermo. Her master's dissertation continued this earlier work on Norman Sicily by demonstrating a coherent relationship between the architecture of Roger’s successors, William I and William II, and the shifting political climate and social hierarchy of the island. She has also written on Christian mosaic floors in the Levant in the context of iconoclasm and on the importance of Hebrew Bible iconography in Early Christian art - two areas of research she hopes to explore further in the years to come.
Sauquet received a B.A. in art history and in language & culture studies (Italian/Arabic) from Trinity College, CT in 2018 where she was the President Fellow for Art History. In 2019, she received a Master of Studies in Late Antique and Byzantine studies from the University of Oxford, England. She has interned for the Museo Nazionale Romano (Crypta Balbi) in Rome and has participated in the excavation of the Piano della Civita in Artena, Lazio (Temple University). She is very grateful for the support of the Stanley J. Seeger ’52 Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton.