Erik Inglis ’89

  • Mildred C. Jay Professor of Medieval Art History

Areas of Study


  • BA, Oberlin College, 1989
  • MA, New York University, 1991
  • PhD, New York University, 1998


I teach medieval art history, from 300 to 1300 across Europe, and from 1300-1500 north of the Alps. My publications focus on court art in the later medieval France and Flanders, particularly the court artist Jean Fouquet (c. 1420-c. 1480). My current research addresses the medieval art historical imagination.

Fall 2024

Christian Art: A Global History — ARTH 110
Albrecht Dürer and German Renaissance Printmaking — ARTH 219
Medieval Treasuries — ARTH 315

Spring 2025

Introduction to Book Studies — ARTH 204
Monastic Art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance — ARTH 212


Erik Inglis Gives Three Talks

October 22, 2019

Professor of Medieval Art History Erik Inglis gave the keynote talk, "History in the Making: Categories, Techniques and Chronology in Church Collections, c. 800-1300" for the conference, "Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages," hosted by the University of Saint Andrews, in Scotland.

At the University of Michigan's Premodern Colloquium, Inglis led a discussion of his work-in-progress, "Reading Storied Ground: Finding Apostolic Presence in the Streets and Springs of Medieval Rome," and he gave the paper "'It Began with a Picture', or, Inventing Stories to Make Sense of Images in the European Middle Ages."

Erik Inglis Interviewed about Notre Dame Cathedral

April 24, 2019

Professor of Medieval Art History Erik Inglis was interviewed about Paris' Notre Dame Catherdral in the wake of the fire on April 15, 2019. Inglis was interviewed about the cathedral's history and importance by NPR's On Point and about its structure by USA Today.

Erik Inglis Publishes Article

January 9, 2019

Erik Inglis, professor of medieval art history, published “Media lost and found: the medieval understanding of the history of artistic techniques,” in the journal Quintana Revista do Departamento de Historia de Art Universidade de Santiago de Compostela 16 (2017), 15-52.

Erik Inglis Gives Talk at College Art Association Convention

March 8, 2018

Erik Inglis, Mildred C. Jay professor of art, gave a talk titled “Media Lost and Found: Medieval Understandings of the History of Technique.” The presentation occurred on February 23, 2018 during a session about material processes of medieval art and architecture at the College Art Association Convention in Los Angeles.

Erik Inglis Gives Talk at Rice University

October 31, 2017

Erik Inglis, professor of medieval art history, gave a talk titled "Saints, Founders and Ancestors: The Later Medieval Reception of Earlier Medieval Books," on October 30, 2017 at the Rice University art department.

Erik Inglis Publishes

April 18, 2016

Erik Inglis, professor of Medieval art history and cochair of the art department, has published “Expertise, Artifacts, and Time in the 1534 Inventory of the Saint-Denis Treasury,” in the March 2016 issue of Art Bulletin (pgs. 14-42).

Erik Inglis Publishes Article

October 13, 2015

Professor of Medieval Art History Erik Inglis published the article "Remembering and Forgetting Suger at Saint-Denis, 1151-1534: An abbot’s reputation between memory and history.” Download a PDF of the article on this webpage.

Erik Inglis Publishes Article

February 18, 2015

Professor of Medieval Art History Erik Inglis recently published the article “Art as Evidence in Medieval Relic Disputes: Three Cases from Fifteenth-Century France,” in Matter of Faith: An Interdisciplinary Study of Relics and Relic Veneration in the Medieval Period, ed. James Robinson, Lloyd de Beer with Anna Harnden (London, British Museum, 2014), pp. 159-63. The article examines the way that late medieval viewers assessed the age of artifacts to determine their value as evidence.


‘‘Diving into the Art World’’

June 20, 2019

This episode of An Oberlin Minute spotlights the Practicum in Museum Education winter term, which explores the Allen Memorial Art Museum and familiarizes students with museum education and gallery teaching.