Art History Department

Erika Loic


I work on the history of late antique and medieval manuscript illumination, particularly biblical illustration; the role of monastic book art in devotion and pedagogy; and the art of the Iberian Peninsula. I previously worked as one of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellows for the Santiago Cathedral Project and more recently completed my doctoral studies in the History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. I wrote my dissertation on two eleventh-century bibles from Santa Maria de Ripoll, a Benedictine abbey in the northeastern Iberian Peninsula (“The Ripoll Bibles: Unity, Continuity, and Monastic Practice”).

As the Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval Art and Digital Humanities (Department of Visual Studies), I am developing web-based teaching and research tools to support a new textbook on the history of medieval art (forthcoming from Cornell University Press). In parallel, I am revising my dissertation and working on separate articles with a focus on decorative initials and the use of classical allusions in medieval poetry and inscriptions.

  • PhD History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, 2017
  • MA Art History, University of Toronto, 2008
  • MA Communication and Culture, York University, 2007
  • BFA Image Arts, Film Studies, Ryerson University, 2005
Selected Publications
  • “Creativity at the End(s) of an Empire: Biblical Compilation and Illustration at the Monastery of Ripoll.” In After the Carolingians: Re-defining Manuscript Illumination in the Tenth to Eleventh Centuries, edited by Beatrice E. Kitzinger and Joshua O’Driscoll. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019 (forthcoming).

  • “Terrestrial and Celestial Connections through Symbolic Schemata: The Stone Choir within the Sacred Topography of Santiago de Compostela.” In The Portal of Glory: Architecture, Matter and Vision, edited by Francisco Prado-Vilar. A Coruña: Fundación Barrié/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 2018 (forthcoming).

  • “Bibbia di Ripoll (Vat. lat. 5729).” In Bibbia: Immagini e scrittura nella Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, edited by Ambrogio M. Piazzoni and Francesca Manzari, 168–73. Milan: Jaca Book, 2017.

  • “Liturgical Activation of the Stone Choir in Santiago de Compostela: Looking at Material through the Immaterial.” In Choir Stalls and Their Workshops: Proceedings of the Misericordia International Colloquium 2016, edited by Anja Seliger and Willy Piron, 128–43. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017.

Recent Awards
  • 2015 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for the Santiago Cathedral Project
  • 2013 Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching of Undergraduates
  • 2009–13 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship

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