Sarah Wilkins received her Ph.D. in Italian late medieval and Renaissance art history from Rutgers (2012), where she wrote a dissertation titled “She Loved More Ardently Than the Rest: The Magdalen Cycles of Late Duecento and Trecento Italy.” She previously earned an M.A. in art history from Pratt Institute and a B.A. in Anthropology (with minors in art history and religious studies) from Vanderbilt University.
Her research focuses on mendicant and Angevin patronage, the representation of women, and the cult of the saints in Italian art. She has published articles on the visual cult of the Magdalen in Naples and in Assisi, most recently “Countenances as Lightning: The Materiality of the Noli me tangere Fresco in Assisi,” in Convivium. She also recently co-edited Trecento Forum I: Art and Experience in Trecento Italy (2018) with Holly Flora, the inaugural volume of a new Brepols book series on the Trecento, for which they also are Series Editors. The second volume is forthcoming at the end of 2020. Dr. Wilkins is the Executive Vice President of the Italian Art Society (IAS) and is a founding member of the Planning Committee for the Andrew Ladis Memorial Trecento Conference. Awards received include a Fulbright fellowship, Mellon dissertation, and travel grants, and most recently, an RSA-Kress Research Fellowship to conduct research in Florence for her book on the Magdalen Chapel in the Bargello.