Saint Louis University
Cathleen Fleck

Associate Professor

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
phone: 314-977-3504
fax: 314-977-2999
office hours: By appt. or contact Dr. Fleck for her current office hours

Member of the
SLU community
since 2010
Degree: B.A.
University of Pennsylvania
Degree: M.A.
The Johns Hopkins University
Degree: Ph.D.
The Johns Hopkins University
Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. Assistant Dean. College of Arts and Sciences, 2007-2010; Lecturer. Interdisciplinary Project for the Humanities, 2004-2010; Scholar in Residence. Department of Art History and Archaeology, 2004-2006; University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Department of Art and Art History, Wilmington, North Carolina. Assistant Professor, 2003-2004.The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, Visiting Assistant Curator in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books. 2001-2003; Research Associate in the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books, 2000-2001; Saint Louis University, Mellon Faculty Development Fund, for research and writing on project “Continuity of Devotion: A ‘Crusader’ Psalter in the Thirteenth and Fifteenth Centuries,” Summer 2013; Saint Louis Louis University, Summer Research Award in the Humanities, for research in and travel to London/Rome/Florence, for project “Crusader Loss of Jerusalem in the Eyes of a Thirteenth-Century Pilgrim,” July 2012; Saint Louis University, Mellon Faculty Development Fund, for travel to Leeds, England for a conference for paper “Crusader Loss of Jerusalem in the Eyes of a Thirteenth-Century Pilgrim,” 8-12 July 2012; Saint Louis University, Mellon Faculty Development Fund, for travel to Cairo, Egypt for research on project “Mamluk Identities: Rulers in Egypt and Keepers of Jerusalem,” May 2011; Faculty Fellowship Institute in Israel, sponsored by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East, Jewish National Fund, Legacy Heritage Fund, and Media Watch International, June 2010; Samuel H. Kress Foundation: Pre-Doctoral Travel Fellowship in Art History, 1995-1996; Fondazione Lemmermann, Rome: Research Fellowship, 1995-1996; Charles S. Singleton Center of Johns Hopkins University, at the Villa Spelman in Florence, Italy: Research Fellowship, spring 1994; Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Art: Graduate and Teaching Assistant Fellowships, 1991-1993, 1994-1995, 1998; Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Art: Adolf M. Katzenellenbogen Memorial Prize for dissertation preparation and travel, 1993.

♠ "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.

and Speaking 
Symbols of Hegemony: Jerusalem on a Crusader Pilaster, The Politics of Visual Translations of Jerusalem, International Conference, University of York, England, March 20-21, 2015; Looking Backwards and Forwards to Determine a “Crusader” Psalter’s Ownership History, Session: Tracking Medieval Manuscript Books and Documents through Time: Networks of Transmission and Practices of Collecting, 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 8 May 2014; Signs of Leadership: Buildings of Jerusalem in a Crusader Relief, Session: Motives and Motifs in ‘Crusader’ Art,” Third International Symposium on Crusades Studies, Saint Louis University, 1 March 2014; Jerusalem in Cairo: Christian Crusader Art on a Mamluk Sultan’s Mosque, Webster University, St. Louis, 6 December 2013; Continuity of Devotion: A Medieval ‘Crusader’ Prayerbook in the Hands of a Renaissance Nun, Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, 16 Sept. 2013; Hard Times in Medieval Cairo: The Support of a Mamluk Sultan’s Monument, Instituto de Historia, CCHS, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain, 10 Sept. 2013; A Christian Loss, A Mamluk Gain: Crusader Spolia in a Sultan’s Mosque, Crusader Studies Forum, The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SLU, 2 Mar. 2012; Patronage, Art, and the Anjou Bible in Angevin Naples (1266-1350). A Colloquium for the exhibition “The Anjou Bible. Naples 1340. A Royal Manuscript Revealed,” Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium, 1 Nov. 2010; Virtual Pilgrimage: A Woman’s Perspective of the Holy Sites of Thirteenth-century Jerusalem, “The Sacred Feminine, Prehistory to Postmodernity,” Conference at University of Missouri – Columbia, 17 October 2009; Emblems of Jerusalem: A Crusader Relief in a Mamluk Religious Structure, Session: “The Crusades II”, 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2009 and at the St. Louis Medieval Colloquium, Washington University in St. Louis, Jan. 27, 2010.
Honors and 
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.
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. Dr. 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.
Service: 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). and Member, Advisory Board, Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SLU,
Other Activities: PTO Committee Chair for Winter Social event and room volunteer at local elementary school.
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