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Lila Yawn specializes in the history of medieval art in Italy and in perceptions of the Middle Ages today. Her recent publications and papers consider how commercial scribes in eleventh-century Tuscany and Latium organized their work; why Romans in the Middle Ages depicted dreams and visions on the exteriors of churches; how a jolly medieval-themed pageant in Assisi originated in a Fascist project; and the impact of papal schisms on medieval Roman visual culture and urban space, the subject of two recent conferences. Prof. Yawn also serves as an Arts and Humanities Advisor at the American Academy in Rome, where she was a Rome Prize Fellow (1996-1998).

Courses taught: World Art II: Visual Culture of the Middle Ages and Islam (AH142); Ancient Cities: Rome, Ostia, Pompeii (AH190); Early Byzantine Art (AH260); Ancient Rome and Its Monuments (AH290); Medieval Rome and Its Monuments (AH291); Barbarians, Monks, and Kings: Early Medieval Art and Architecture (AH363); Art History Research Practicum (AH460)

Select Publications

“The Bright Side of the Knife: Dismemberment in Medieval Europe and the Modern Imagination,” in Wounds in the Middle Ages, ed. A. Kirkham and C. Warr, Ashgate, 2014 (in press).

“Haste, Cost, and Scribes as Painters in Italian Giant Church Books of the Mid and Later Eleventh Century,” Rivista di storia della miniatura, 17 (2013), pp. 43-58.

“Public Space in an Age of Schism (Rome, 1060-1100),” in Perspectives on Public Space in Rome from Antiquity to the Present Day, ed. G. Smith and J. Gadeyne, Ashgate, 2013, pp. 85-105.

“Fields of Dreams: Sacred Visions in Mosaic on Roman Church Façades and Portals,” in Riflessi di politica papale verso di saraceni al tempo di Innocenzo III: evoluzione di colori e significati:‘Croce disarmata’, ed. G. Cipollone and S. Boari, Archivio Segreto Vaticano, 2013, pp. 169-192.

“Clement’s New Clothes. The Destruction of Old S. Clemente in Rome, the Eleventh-Century Frescoes, and the Cult of (Anti)Pope Clement III,” Reti Medievali Rivista, 13,1 (2012), pp. 175-208.

“The Italian Giant Bibles,” in The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages, ed. S. Boynton and D. J. Reilly, Columbia University Press, 2011, pp. 127-156.