Amanda Luyster

professor amanda luyster visual arts

Visual Arts Department
Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Assistant Professor
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. Her recent research on the English Chertsey tiles (c. 1250) and their intersection with global textile movements has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, the International Center for Medieval Art (ICMA), and the Kress Foundation, and she has been invited to speak about these and related topics at Harvard University, Cambridge University, the University of Oxford, London’s Institute of Historical Research, Yale University’s Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, and other locations from Boston to China.  Luyster is curating a spring 2023 exhibition focused on the Chertsey tiles entitled Bringing the Holy Land Home: The Crusades, Chertsey Abbey, and the Reconstruction of a Medieval Masterpiece, to take place at the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, College of the Holy Cross (Jan. 26-April 6, 2023). Her work has been published in Gesta, Speculum, Word & Image, Medieval Encounters, Digital Philology, and other journals, exhibition catalogues, and anthologies.  She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the ICMA.


  • 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
  • Art, Travel, & the Medieval Globe


Professor Luyster at the British Museum