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Skidmore College
Art History

ThebaultNancy Thebaut

Assistant Professor of Art History


Office:  Filene 101
Phone: 518-580-5018

Online Office Hours (via Zoom): SPRING 2021

Thursdays, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Fridays, 10:00 am-11:30 am

Note: Please contact instructor to request access to online office hours if you are a student not currently in Art History classes.


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2019
  • Diplôme de Muséologie, Ecole du Louvre, 2011
  • MA, Courtauld Institute of Art, 2009
  • BA, Agnes Scott College, 2008

Nancy Thebaut is a historian of European medieval art and architecture, and her research considers the interplay of works of art, ritual practices, and theology from 800-1200 CE. In her teaching, she focuses on material religion, cultural exchange, as well as queer and feminist approaches to the study of medieval art. Before joining the faculty at Skidmore, Nancy was a postdoctoral NOMIS fellow at eikones, the Center for the Theory and History of the Image at the University of Basel.  While writing her 2019 dissertation, "Non est hic: Figuring Christ's Absence in Early Medieval Art," which received the University of Chicago's Feitler Prize, she was  the Kress History of Art Institutional Fellow at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris and a Mellon Curatorial Fellow at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she curated an exhibition of medieval manuscript cuttings. Beyond the Art Institute, she has also worked with curators at the Musée Carnavalet and National Museum of the Middle Ages - Musée de Cluny (Paris) on the reinstallation of each museum’s permanent collection. Nancy’s academic interests extend beyond the Middle Ages, too; she has researched and published on the work of feminist artist Judy Chicago, for whom she briefly worked as an assistant, as well as on that of so-called ‘outsider’ and self-taught artists Joseph Yoakum and Eddy Mumma.


  • AH 151D The Middle Ages on the Move:  Artistic and Cultural Exchange in and beyond Europe
  • AH 251C Parchment, Thread, and yes, even Bread: The Material Stuff of Medieval Art


  • "The Double-Sided Image: Abstraction and Figuration in Early Medieval Painting," Beyond the Ornament: Abstraction in Medieval Art (ed. Elina Gertsman, Univ. of Amsterdam Press), in press.
  • "Au-delà des périodisations," Actes de la journée d'études, L'Art Médiéval est-il contemporain? (ed. Charlotte Denoël, Isabelle Marchesin, Larisa Dryansky, Paris: Macula), in press.
  • "Bleeding Pages, Bleeding Bodies: A Gendered Reading of British Library Manuscript Egerton 1821," Medieval Feminist Forum 45:2 (June 2019), pp. 175-200.
  • "Fantastical Forms: The Landscapes and Portraits of Joseph Elmer Yoakum," Joseph Elmer Yoakum (New York: Venus over Manhattan, 2019), pp. 13-21.
  • "Making Art History his Own: The Paintings of Eddy Mumma," The Art and Life of Eddy Mumma (Baltimore: American Visionary Art Museum, 2016), pp. 24-33.
  • "Earth Movers: Quaking Up Land Art's Forgotten Feminist History," Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture, n. 48 (fall 2010), pp. 36-42, with co-author L. Elizabeth Upper.