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Art and Art History Faculty

Judith Steinhoff, Associate Professor & Area Coordinator

Fine Arts Building, Room 104F
Email | 713-743-2839


BA, Sarah Lawrence College
MFA, Princeton University
PhD, Princeton University

Biographical Summary

Painting in Siena After the Black Death: Artistic Pluralism, Politics, and Patronage

Professor Steinhoff specializes in Medieval and especially Gothic Art. Her research generally concentrates on Italian 14th century painting, although she also maintains an active interest in medieval illuminated manuscripts. Her previous work and ongoing interests include the politicization of even religious imagery to convey social and political ideals as well as changes in workshop collaboration and practices during the 14th century. These themes are explored in her book, Painting in Siena After the Black Death: Artistic Pluralism, Politics, and Patronage, which was published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. She has published essays in several volumes and articles in journals including The Art Bulletin, Zeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichte, and Renaissance Studies. Prof. Steinhoff has presented papers at national and international art historical and interdisciplinary conferences, including the College Art Association annual conference, the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, and the International Medieval Congress, Leeds. She is also active in TEMA (the Texas Medieval Association). Prof. Steinhoff is co-editor of and contributor to a volume entitled, Art as Politics in Medieval and Renaissance Siena, forthcoming in 2012. Her current research project is a study of representations of grieving behavior by women in art and in social rituals in late medieval Italy. Her essay, “Weeping Women: Social Roles and Images in 14th century Tuscany” (forthcoming in Crying in the Middle Ages: The Tears of History Elina Gertsman, ed., Routledge Press, Fall 2011) is a part of that project.

Prof. Steinhoff is also interested in Medieval illuminated manuscripts throughout Europe and periodically works with students to produce exhibitions of medieval books and student works inspired by medieval manuscripts (these include: “Lustre: Spiritual Treasures & Sensory Pleasures. Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts in Houston Collections” 2005-06 and “Music in Medieval Manucripts” upcoming in fall 2012).

Prof. Steinhoff teaches Art & Society: Prehistoric – Gothic, and upper level courses on Medieval Art (including Arts, Artists, and Patrons In Medieval Europe; Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts; and Italian Gothic Art and Patronage).