Amanda Luyster

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Visual Arts Department
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Senior Lecturer
Ph.D., Harvard University


Fields: Medieval and cross-cultural art history



Contact Information

Office Phone: 508-793-2782
Office: Fenwick 439
PO Box: 60A



Dr. Luyster specializes in the study of the art of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries in England and France, with particular attention to secular production and cross-cultural contact with the Islamic and Byzantine worlds.  She has been asked to speak at Oxford University, Harvard University, the Institute of Historical Research in London, and elsewhere.  Her work has been published or is forthcoming in GestaSpeculumWord & ImageMedieval EncountersDigital Philology, and other journals, exhibition catalogues, and anthologies, and she has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, among others. Her current book project, in addition to an exhibition she is co-curating, consider the cosmopolitan construction of English kingship by reassessing an enigmatic set of floor tiles, the Chertsey combat tiles (c. 1250), concluding that they witness sustained dialogue with eastern Mediterranean cultures.  She has served the ICMA (International Center of Medieval Art) on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Publications Committee. 


  • Introduction to the Visual Arts
  • Medieval Art
  • Islamic Art
  • Art of Africa and the Americas
  • Kings and Caliphs: Arts of Luxury
  • Arts of Asia: Temples and Silk


Professor Luyster at the British Museum