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Beatrice Kitzinger Joins Department Faculty

September 18, 2015

Beatrice Kitzinger joins the faculty as a specialist in western medieval art. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard in 2012 with a dissertation focused on 8th–10th- century manuscript illumination and the representation of the cross. 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. Kitzinger comes to Princeton from Stanford University, where she held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities. Her work has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kitzinger has worked in museums and libraries in Europe and the U.S., and while at Stanford she taught for the English Department of the Prison University Project at San Quentin. Kitzinger's courses emphasize the materials and techniques of medieval artwork, the function and status of medieval art (both in the Middle Ages and today), and relationships between medieval artistic media. Her most 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. An article on this topic is forthcoming in the spring 2016 issue of Gesta, the journal of the International Center of Medieval Art.