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Cathleen Fleck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Fine and Performing Arts

Courses Taught

Introduction to Western Art; Art of Cathedrals and Kings; Art of Pilgrimage and Crusades; Freshmen Inquiry Seminar: Excavating Cultures of Three Faiths; The Art of Jerusalem and Three Faiths: Past and Present; Islamic Art and Society; Northern Renaissance Art; Research Methods


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

 Fleck's new project, entitled Jerusalem Lost and Gained: The Holy City after the Crusader Defeat and the Muslim Conquest (1187-1382), examines how Christians and Muslims in the Crusader era of the Middle Ages (1187-1382) understood Jerusalem’s history and used the representation of its monuments as instruments of power, persuasion, consolation, and spirituality. The study moves back and forth across the Mediterranean to look at representations of Jerusalem and how they express shifting Christian and Islamic religious concepts. Other interests include: 
  • Late Medieval European and Islamic art and architecture of the Mediterranean, including arts of Naples, Rome, Avignon, Cairo, and Jerusalem Crusader art and cultural exchange
  • History and representations of Medieval Jerusalem and Rome;
  • Medieval court art
    Medieval European and Islamic manuscripts.

Publications and Media Placements

"The Crusader Loss of Jerusalem in the Eyes of a Thirteenth-Century Virtual Pilgrim," in The Crusades and Visual Culture, Eds. Laura Whatley, April Morris, Susanna Throop, and Elizabeth Lapina (Farnham, Surrey, England/Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, forthcoming 2015).

"The Luxury Riccardiana Psalter in the Thirteenth Century: A Nun's Prayerbook?" Viator 46/1 (2015), 135-160.

 "Crusader Spolia in Medieval Cairo. The Portal of the Complex of Sultan Ḥasan," Journal of Transcultural Medieval Studies, I/2 (Dec. 2014), 249-300. 

 "'Vergine madre pia': Text and Image in a Medieval Psalter in a Renaissance Dominican Convent," Source: Notes in the History of Art, XXXIV/2 (2015), 5-13.

 The Clement Bible at the Medieval Courts of Naples and Avignon: A Story of Papal Power, Royal Prestige, and Patronage. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2010.

"The rise of the court artist: Cavallini and Giotto in 14th-c. Naples," Published in Art History (2008): 460-83 and in Art and Architecture in the Kingdom of Naples, 1266-1713: New Approaches. Eds. C. Warr and J. Elliott. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010: 38-61.

 "Seeking Legitimacy: Art and Manuscripts for the Popes in Avignon from 1378-1417," A Companion to the Great Western Schism. Eds. Joëlle Rollo-Koster and Thomas Izbicki. Brill, 2009: 239-302.

Honors and Awards

Feminae Women and Gender Index, Article of the Month, Aug. 2006: For “Visual and Textual Literacy in the Frescoes at Santa Maria Donnaregina in Angevin Naples.” In The Church of Santa Maria Donna Regina: Art, Iconography and Patronage in Fourteenth-Century Naples. Eds. J. Elliott and C. Warr. Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2004: 109-128.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • Member, Advisory Board, for St. Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies hosted annually by Manuscripta, a SLU journal of manuscript research, and the Vatican Film Library.
  • Member, Program Committee for the Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, which the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at SLU hosted April 12-14, 2012
  • Chair, Travel Committee, Italian Art Society, 2008-2010
  • President, Italian Art Society (2013-2015). 
  • Member, Advisory Board, Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SLU,

Community Work and Service

PTO Committee Chair for Winter Social event and room volunteer at local elementary school.