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Sarah Wilkins

Adjunct Assistant Professor


Sarah Wilkins is a specialist in Late Medieval and Renaissance art history. Her scholarship focuses on patronage, the cult of the saints, and representations of women in Late Medieval Italy.

Dr Wilkins has received numerous awards for her work, including a RSA-Samuel H. Kress Research Fellowship in Renaissance Art (2020), a Fulbright fellowship and a Mellon finishing grant. She has presented papers at many conferences, most recently at the Renaissance Society of America (2024) and at Gender and Sainthood, c. 1100-1500, at Oxford University (2024). She is also an organizer of the biennial Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference, which is co-sponsoring an on-site event in Padua in Fall 2024.

Her current projects include an article under review titled “Late Medieval Vita Panels and Mary Magdalen as a Gendered Model of Penitence,” another article in progress titled “Mary Magdalen in the ‘Wilderness’ of Provence,” and a book project exploring the usage of the chapel in the Bargello of Florence over time, titled Creation, Transformation, Loss, and Rediscovery: The Magdalen Chapel in the Palazzo del Podestà, Florence, 1320-1840.

Dr. Wilkins is series editor of the Trecento Forum book series, published by Brepols, and recently concluded her term as President of the Italian Art Society (2021-2023).

PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

MS, Pratt Institute

BA, Vanderbilt University


Co-editor with Holly Flora, Trecento Forum I: Art and Experience in Trecento Italy, Proceedings from the Andrew Ladis Memorial Conference, New Orleans, 2016. Turnhout: Brepols, 2019.


Selected Articles:

Co-author with Corinna Gallori, “Mendicant Orders and Late Medieval Art Patronage,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies, edited by Paul E. Szarmach. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022:

“Countenances as Lightning: The Materiality of the Noli me tangere Fresco in Assisi,” in Convivium 5, no. 2 (2018): 82–97.

“Adopting and adapting Formulas: The Raising of Lazarus and Noli me tangere in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua and the Magdalen Chapel in Assisi,” in La Formule au Moyen Âge, edited by Elise Louviot, 251–271, ARTEM 15. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013.

“Imaging the Angevin Patron Saint: Mary Magdalen in the Pipino Chapel in Naples,” in California Italian Studies 3, no. 1 (2012). Available at