Wesleyan portrait of Melissa R. Katz

Melissa R. Katz

Visiting Assistant Professor, Medieval Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History

41 Wyllys Avenue, 306


MA Brown University
MS University of Delaware
PHD Brown University

Melissa R. Katz

I am an art historian specializing in the art and architecture of the Iberian Peninsula in the late medieval and early modern period. I teach the art of Nothern Europe and the Hispanic World in the medieval and early modern periods with attention to the visual culture of interfaith and intercultural encounters.  My research concerns the intersection of sacred faith, secular culture, and civil dissent in religious imagery. My essays on hidden art, moveable sculptures, non-gendered imagery, widowhood and disempowerment, and architectural polychromy have been published in edited volumes and the journals Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Gesta, InterFaces, and the Leids Kunsthistorische Jaarboek.  My book, Divine Mirrors: the Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts, was issued by Oxford University Press.

B.A.      Williams College

M.S.      University of Delaware, Wintherthur Program

A.M.      Brown University

Ph.D.     Brown University

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Spring 2017: Fridays 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment, Boger Hall, room 305


Fall 2018
ARHA 211 - 01
Early Medieval Art

Spring 2019
ARHA 208 - 01
Tres culturas EspaƱa medieval

ARHA 310 - 01
Muslims, Jews, and Christians