Photo of Jill Caskey holding the keys to the castle—Karlštejn Castle in the Czech Republic.

Jill Caskey

Professor and Chair
Medieval Art and Architecture


PhD, History of Art, Yale University
MA, History of Art, Yale University
AB, Growth and Structure of Cities, Bryn Mawr College

My interests in medieval art gravitate toward the mobile—merchants, conquerors, pilgrims, relics, and portable objects—and their intersections with the immobile, or architecture, wall painting, mosaics, and architectural sculpture. I have probed these intersections primarily by analyzing the dynamics of patronage in southern Italy and Sicily from ca. 1050 to 1350. I am continually drawn to that region because of its ever-shifting relationships to both northern Europe and the diverse, contested Mediterranean basin. In the classroom, I focus on the larger themes probed in my research rather than on southern Italy per se. Matters of patronage and religious identity loom large in my teaching, as do the points of intersection between western Europe, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamicate world. While my research has informed many aspects of my teaching, my teaching has in turn inspired new projects. I am currently completing a book called Person, Place, Thing: Pilgrims, Art, and the Angevins, ca. 1300, that grew out of questions I first probed in one of my favorite undergraduate courses, FAH343: Pilgrimage. With my colleagues Adam S. Cohen and Linda Safran, I undertook writing Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages: Exploring a Connected World because the textbooks I was using in my 200-level surveys did not convey what I thought were the most compelling and important ideas about medieval art. I see my teaching and research as intertwined and synergistic activities.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

FAH215: Art of the Early Middle Ages
FAH216: Art of the Later Middle Ages

FAH329: Early Christian Art
FAH343: Pilgrimage
FAH3**: Multicultural Middle Ages?
FAH423: Advanced Studies in the Art and Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean
FAH424: Medieval Collecting and Display

Graduate Courses

Art & Architecture of Medieval Pilgrimage
The Medieval Treasury

Medieval Sicily

Select Publications

Articles and chapters

Jill Caskey, “(Re)Birth of a Seal: Power and Pretense at San Nicola, Bari, ca. 1300,” Gesta 60.1 (2021), x-xx.

Jill Caskey, “Treasure, Taxonomy, and Transformation in the Inventories of San Nicola, Bari,” in Tributes to Paul Binski. Medieval Gothic: Art, Architecture, and Ideas, ed. Julian Luxford (Turnhout: Brepols, 2021), x-xx.

Jill Caskey, “Transplants and Transformations in a Global Middle Ages,” in Toward a Global Middle Ages: Encountering the World Through Illuminated Manuscripts, ed. Bryan C. Keene (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2019), 216–21.

Jill Caskey, “Whodunnit? Patronage, the Canon, and the Problematics of Agency in Romanesque and Gothic Art,” in A Companion to Medieval Art: Romanesque and Gothic in Northern Europe, Second Edition, ed. Conrad Rudolph (Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, 2019), 287–308.

Jill Caskey, “Miracles and Matthew: Potential Contexts for the Salerno Ivories,” in The Salerno Ivories: Objects, Histories, Contexts, ed. Anthony Cutler, Francesca Dell’Acqua, Herbert L. Kessler, Avinoam Shalem, and Gerhard Wolf (Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 2015), 179–189.


Jill Caskey, Adam S. Cohen, and Linda Safran, Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages: Exploring a Connected World (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2022).

Jill Caskey, Adam S. Cohen, and Linda Safran, eds., Confronting the Borders of Medieval Art. Leiden: Brill, 2011.

Jill Caskey, Art and Patronage in the Medieval Mediterranean: Merchant Culture in the Region of Amalfi (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).