Jessica Savage  Art History Specialist

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Jessica Savage

Art History SpecialistThe Index of Medieval Art


MLIS, Rutgers University, 2014; M.Litt, University of Glasgow, 2009

Jessica Savage has been an Art History Specialist at the Index of Medieval Art since 2010. She received her Master of Letters in Early European Art History from the University of Glasgow, where she studied at Christie’s Education in London. Her thesis investigated the iconography of late medieval English pilgrim relics and souvenirs. Savage has significant cataloguing experience in both the art and antiquarian book businesses, having worked previously for Bloomsbury Auctions and the Art Sales Index in New York. Initially, Savage trained as a painter at Pratt Institute and earned her BFA with a minor in art history. In 2014, Savage completed her MLIS degree at Rutgers University, focusing her coursework in archival practice and preservation of library materials. Her research interests include pilgrimage, especially souvenirs of localized iconography; visual evidence of patronage, commemoration, and revision in manuscripts from the late Middle Ages in England and France; imposed allegory and personified virtues, particularly in 15th-century manuscript illumination; manuscript materials and artistic production in the early print age; digital art history; taxonomies and archives.

Selected Publications

“Holkham Picture Bible,” “Harley Psalter,” “Esquiline Treasure,” and “Rocamadour,” in Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art (Oxford University Press, 2012).

 “Margery Kempe,” in Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage (Brill, 2009).

Selected Papers

“The Princeton Index’s ‘Medium’ and the Immaterial Nature of Digital Work: Manuscripts Reassessed,” presented at Fordham University, Manuscript as Medium, March 5–6, 2016.

“The Index of Christian Art at Ninety-Seven: Bringing Charles Rufus Morey’s Vision to Twenty-First Century Researchers,” presented at Princeton University, The Digital World of Art History: Standards and Their Application, June 26, 2014.

“Pilgrims, Poetry, and the Passion of Christ: M.147 in the Pierpont Morgan Library,” presented at the 42nd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Faith and Landscape in the Middle Ages, April 10–11, 2011.