Jennifer M. Feltman

Jennifer M. Feltman

Assistant Professor of Art History, Medieval Art


  • PhD, The Florida State University, 2011
  • MA, The Florida State University, 2006
  • BS, The University of Alabama, 2002

Research Areas

  • Medieval


Dr. Feltman is a specialist in the art and architecture of medieval Europe whose research focuses on Gothic sculptural programs. She is especially interested in the question of how we can understand the development of complex image programs in architectural sculpture in the absence of primary textual sources. To engage this question, she works across the disciplines of religious studies, the history of the clergy, manuscript studies, and technical studies of construction.

Her forthcoming book, Moral Theology and the Cathedral: Sculptural Programs of the Last Judgment in France, c.1200-1240 (Brepols), provides new insight into the design and development of major Last Judgment sculptural programs at the Cathedrals of Chartres, Paris, Reims, and Amiens. The book and its companion website were supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Previous publications have considered the development of medieval art and architecture over time, including her edited book, The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs (Routledge, 2016), and co-edited book, The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture (Routledge, 2019).

Feltman’s current research uses 3D modeling to examine the layers of paint (polychromy) on the sculptures of the Last Judgment portal of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. She is conducting this work as a member of the Chantier scientifique de Notre Dame, Centre national de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), a team of scientists and historians authorized by the Ministère de la Culture to study the fire-ravaged cathedral as it is being restored. With a seed grant from the Whiting Foundation, Feltman is currently directing the development of a Virtual Reality app for the Oculus Quest. Designed for ages 13 and up, this app will allow individuals to discover elements of Gothic architecture through exploration and make it possible to experience the scale of Gothic architecture no matter where one lives. Read more news about Dr. Feltman here.

Her research and teaching have been supported by the NEH, the Whiting Foundation, the Kress Foundation, the Medieval Academy of America, the International Center for Medieval Art, and the Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science, and Art (AVISTA).

Courses Taught

ARH 252: Survey of Art I
ARH 350: Roman Art
ARH 351: Ancient Art
ARH 352: Early Christian and Byzantine Art
ARH 360: Early Medieval
ARH 361: Late Medieval Art
ARH 461: Special Topics in Medieval Art (topics include: Gothic Cathedrals; Medieval Sculpture; Arts of the Medieval Book)
ARH 560: Graduate Seminars in Medieval Art (topics include: Visual Thinking in Medieval Art; Medieval Sculpture)
ARH 550: Literature of Art (i.e., Methods)

Select Publications

Jennifer M. Feltman, ed. The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs (Routledge, 2016)
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Digital Projects

Networks of Gothic: An Interdisciplinary Working Group (in development):

The Lordship and Commune Project, A Collaboratory

Portals of the Last Judgment

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

  • “The Long Life of the North Transept of Reims Cathedral,” La Città Palinsetto / The  City as Palimpsest – CIRICE 2020, IX Convegno internazionale Università degli Studi di Napoli Fredorico II, Naples, Italy, June 10-12, 2021
  • “Experiencing Gothic: A VR Cathedral for Middle Schoolers” Whiting Foundation Fellows Convening Meeting, New York, NY, June 10-12, 2021
  • “Ecclesiology and Typology in the Sculptures of the Apocalypse at Reims Cathedral,” Marco Institute Symposium, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., March 5-7, 2021
  • “The Afflicted Body and the Aesthetic of Wholeness in Gothic Sculpture,” 14th Annual Imago Conference, University of Haifa, Israel, January 11-13, 2021
  • “Out of the Ashes: Restoring Notre Dame de Paris,” Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, Nov. 14, 2019
  • “La polychromie du portail central à Notre-Dame de Paris et son altération: archéométrie et étude 3-D,” CNRS/MC Notre Dame, Paris, Sept. 5, 2019
  • “Archbishop Thomas de Beaumes (1251–1263) and Apocalypse Imagery at Reims,” 54th Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 9-12, 2019
  • “What is Authenticity? Cultural Memory and New Technologies of Stone Replication at Reims Cathedral,” SECAC, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Oct. 17-20, 2018
  • “When is Gothic Sculpture?: Reims Cathedral as a Living Monument,” Robert Branner Forum, Columbia University, NYC, Oct. 4, 2018
  • “Learning in Action: Geometry and Cathedral Design,”53rd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 10-13, 2018
  • “Post-Medieval Interventions in the North Transept of Reims Cathedral,”91st Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Emory University, March 1-3, 2018
  • “New Jerusalem in the City of Amiens,” Southeastern Medieval Association, College of Charleston, November 16-18, 2017
  • “A ‘Bible in Stone’? The Sculptures of the West Façade of Amiens and Contemporary Modes of Citation,” 52nd Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 10-14, 2017
  • “Tropology and the New Imagery of the Virtues and Vices at Notre-Dame, Paris and Amiens,” 90th Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, University of Toronto, April 6-8, 2017
  • “From Priest to Confessor: A Parisian Origin for the New Terminology,” 13th Annual International Medieval Society–Paris with Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP) de Université de Paris I–Panthéon-Sorbonne, June 20-July 2, 2016

Recent Grants and Awards

ICMA-Kress Research and Publication Grant 2021
Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Seed Grant 2020-21
UA Office of Research and Development Small Grant 2020
UA College of Arts and Sciences CARSCA Grant 2018
SEC Faculty Travel Grant 2017-2018
UA Research and Grants Committee – Level 1 Grant 2017
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend 2015
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar (York, UK) 2014
Medieval Academy of America Travel Grant 2013

Service to the Profession

International Center of Medieval Art, The Cloisters: Board of Directors (2019-2022); Chair, Advocacy Committee (2021-2024)
Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science and Art (AVISTA): Board of Directors (2014- ); Publications Director (2016- )
Series Editor, AVISTA Studies in the History of Science, Technology and Art, Brill Publishing, Leiden, The Netherlands