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Maeve K. Doyle

Associate Professor
Art and Art History

Dr. Doyle is an art historian specializing in the visual and material culture of late medieval Europe, with a focus on illuminated manuscripts. Her teaching interests include the art and architecture of the Middle Ages and its modern reception, the arts of the book, portraiture, and the body and gender in art. They received their PhD from Bryn Mawr College.

Research Interests
  • Art and architecture of the Middle Ages
  • The book in the Middle Ages
  • Identity in medieval art
  • Digital art history
Of Note

Dr. Doyle has conducted manuscript research in over a dozen libraries on three different continents, supported by grants from the Connecticut State Universities, Bryn Mawr College, and the Fulbright Commission.

Teaching Interests
  • Art and architecture of the Middle Ages
  • Arts of the book
  • History of portraiture

Co-authored with Alexander Patrick Brey: “Beyond Comparative Analysis: Making Arguments with Similarity Metrics and Structured Manuscript Data, with a Case Study in Marginal Iconography,” Medieval Studies 8:2 (Fall 2023): 232–81.

“Identity, Indeterminacy, and Audience: The Semantics of Portraiture in the De Brailes Hours.” Studies in Iconography 43 (2022): 31–72.

“Looking Beyond the Binary: Gender and Reception of Owner Portraits in Medieval Devotional Manuscripts.” Different Visions 8 (2022),

“Picturing Men at Prayer: Gender in Manuscript Owner Portraits around 1300.” Getty Research Journal 13:1 (February 2021): 31–62.

“Visual Pleasure and the Illuminated Prayer Book,” in Pleasure in the Middle Ages, ed. Naama Cohen-Hanegbi and Piroska Nagy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 77-111.

“Prayer, Seduction, and Agency in a Thirteenth-Century Psalter,” Essays in Medieval Studies 30 (2014): 37-54.

Maeve Doyle CV