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Assistant Professor of Art History, Associate Director for the Madison Art Collection and Lisanby Museum
Year Started at JMU: 2021

  • Ph.D (Art History), University of Cambridge
  • M.A., Courtauld Institute of Art
  • B.A. (Art History), University of Cambridge
Areas of Expertise

Medieval Mediterranean art and architecture; southern Italy; art and identity; the ‘Questione Meridionale.’

Previous Experience

Dr. Harvey has taught in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge as a graduate student and in 2019-20 as an Affiliated Lecturer. She was a Rome Fellow at the British School at Rome in 2020-21 and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2018-19. At the Met, she worked on the Byzantine micromosaic icon of the Virgin Eleousa, while in Rome she significantly expanded her doctoral work on the church of Santa Caterina at Galatina (Salento, Italy) for publication.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Harvey has received research grants and awards from the British School at Rome (2015-16 and 2020-21); the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Clare College, the University of Cambridge; Kettle’s Yard; and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

  • ‘Icon, Souvenir, Contact Relic: the Metropolitan Museum’s Virgin Eleousa Micromosaic Icon,’ Metropolitan Museum Journal, 11’460 words. Forthcoming.
  • ‘Interrogating remains, destroying the past: art history and heritage conservation in southern Italy’, immediations: the Courtauld Institute of Art Journal of Postgraduate Research, 7’334 words. Forthcoming.

Dr. Harvey is currently working on publishing her doctoral work, a monographic study of the church of of Santa Caterina at Galatina, with a focus on the relationship between the Greek and the Latin communities. Her book project will reconstruct how Greek-rite and/or language communities understood and interpreted the frescoes of Santa Caterina, which were commissioned by the local signori, Catholics of Neapolitan and Provençal descent. By focusing on reception, the book will show how we can centre the experience of marginalised people in the history of art. Maria has also developed a second project on Simone Martini and Filippo Sangineto, lord of Altomonte in Calabria and seneschal of Provence.

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