Robert Maxwell

[image provided by Robert Maxwell]
Associate Professor, History of Art
Contact Information
Office Address: 
204 Jaffe Building
Phone: 
215.898.0124
Email Address: 
maxwellr@sas.upenn.edu

Robert A. Maxwell (Ph.D., Yale; A.B. Princeton) teaches the art of the Middle Ages, specializing in the sculpture, architecture, and manuscripts of the Romanesque and Early Gothic periods, while also pursuing an interest in medieval art's historiography.

Research and Teaching Interests: 

His research has concerned problems of word & image (Art Bulletin), the 18th-century reception of medieval art (Art History), sculptural provenance (Bulletin monumental), Romanesque architecture and the “workshop” model (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians), the problem of sculptural programs (Le programme), and pilgrimage architecture (Architectural History). Forthcoming articles include studies of the ethnicity of Romanesque art; Aquitainian illumination; and the temporality of dreams in 12th-century illuminated manuscripts.

Selected Publications: 

His first book, The Art of Medieval Urbanism: Parthenay in Romanesque Aquitaine (Penn State Press), considers the role of monumental sculpture and architecture in defining the Romanesque cityscape. Edited volumes include: Representing History 900-1300: Art, Music, History (Penn State Press); and Current Directions in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Sculpture Studies (Brepols). He is also completing a book on the pictorial invention of sacred and secular histories in illuminated historical manuscripts (e.g., chronicles, cartularies). Professor Maxwell has also collaborated with several Philadelphia museums, serving as consulting curator to an exhibition of incunabula for the Rosenbach Museum & Library, and as a contributor to the installation of Romanesque sculpture and Gothic stained glass for the Glencairn Museum.

Work in Progress: 
  • Dreams and Visions in Medieval Art
  • Spanish Medieval Art
Recent Courses: 

Please see Dr. Maxwell's website.