Professor of Medieval Art
Professor Cynthia Hahn teaches medieval art at Hunter College and The Graduate Center. Her courses focus on issues of production and meaning for both medieval and contemporary makers and audiences. She previously taught at Florida State University where she was Gulnar K. Bosch professor of Art History. She has published on material from the early Christian period to the Gothic, from across Europe--Italy to England to the Byzantine East. Her work has appeared in Art History, Art Bulletin, Gesta, Speculum, and many other journals and collections. Her books include Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of the Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century, University of California Press, and Strange Beauty (in press), a study on reliquaries. She has served on the boards of the ICMA, CASVA, and CAA online reviews, where she was also an editor.
Books and Articles:
Strange Beauty: Issues in the Making and Meaning of Reliquaries, 400-circa 1204. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 2013.
"Visuality" A Companion to Medieval Art (Blackwell Historiography of Medieval Art), ed. Conrad Rudolph, Blackwell, 2006, 45-64.
Portrayed on the Heart: Narrative Effect in Pictorial Lives of the Saints from the Tenth through the Thirteenth Century. University of California Press, 2001.
"Visio Dei: Changes in Medieval Visuality" Visuality Before and Beyond the Renaissance: Seeing as Others Saw, Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism, ed. Robert Nelson, Cambridge University Press, 2000, 169-196.
"Narrative on the Golden Altar of Sant' Ambrogio: Presentation and Reception" Dumbarton Oaks Papers 53, 1999, 167-187.
"Seeing and Believing: The Construction of Sanctity in Early-Medieval Saints’ Shrines" Speculum, 72, 1997, 1079-1106.