Prof. Lila Yawn
- Adjunct Faculty
- B.F.A., University of Florida, Gainesville
- M.A., Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lila Yawn specializes in the study of central-Italian art and architecture of the Middle Ages. In 2004, she completed her Ph.D. in art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, supported by fellowships from the Pogue Foundation (1987-1990), the Rotary Foundation (1995-1996), the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (Broneer Fellow, 1999-2000), and the American Academy in Rome, where she was awarded a two-year pre-doctoral Rome Prize in 1996. She currently serves as an Arts and Humanities Advisor to the American Academy in Rome and teaches for a variety of American university programs abroad.
Her current research focuses on the artistic patronage of medieval antipopes; color in the medieval Roman cityscape; the history of the Colosseum after the end of antiquity; and the systems of labor used to produce the Italian Giant Bibles, one of the largest families of decorated manuscripts to have survived from medieval Italy. Her state-of-the-question essay about the Italian Giant Bibles will be published in 2011 by Columbia University Press in The Practice of the Bible in the Middle Ages (ed., Susan Boynton and Diane Reilly).