Lisa Reilly

B.A., Vassar College, 1978
M.A., York University, 1980
Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1991

Associate Professor, Medieval Art and Architecture

Lisa Reilly’s chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France and Italy. She published a monograph on Peterborough Cathedral with Oxford University Press in the series Clarendon Studies in the Fine Arts. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. Her interests also include medievalism and the understanding of the Middle Ages by later eras. Recent research and public lectures have also discussed Arthur Kingsley Porter as well as changes in the presentation of art history through museum display in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Together with Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. She directed an NEH Seminar entitled “Architectural Inheritances: Studies in the Meaning and Legacy of Classical and Medieval Architecture,” during the summer of 2002. Ms. Reilly is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities where her project is entitled “The Design Process in English Medieval Architecture: A Model for Analysis” (

Ms. Reilly teaches survey lectures in the Department of Architectural History as well as an introduction to architecture for students from outside the School of Architecture. She offers upper level courses on early and later medieval architecture, which include a broad spectrum of architectural topics such as urban planning, vernacular architecture, and lay piety as well as ecclesiastical and secular monuments. Recent graduate seminars include a course on Norman Art and Architecture, Sicily, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002 and frequently offers workshops on teaching. She is on the faculty of the joint graduate program in art and architectural history. Together with Ms. Fiorani of the McIntire Department of Art she teaches a course entitled Renaissance Art on Site in Florence and Rome during UVA’s January term. Ms. Reilly is a member of the board of directors of the International Center for Medieval Art and chair of its publications committee

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