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Margaret Goehring

Margaret  Goehring
Associate Professor

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Devasthali Hall P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3572 Las Cruces, NM 88003

Expertise: art historian, faculty



Margaret Goehring joined the faculty at New Mexico State University in 2009. She is a specialist on manuscript illumination and painting of the Low Countries and France from the fourteenth to the sixteenth centuries, and has presented numerous papers at both national and international conferences in Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada. She is the author of Space, Place & Ornament: The Functions of Landscape in Medieval Manuscript Illumination (Brepols, 2014) and co-editor of Dressing the Part: Textiles as Propaganda in the Middle Ages (Brepols, 2015). In addition to Medieval and Renaissance art, she also teaches American Folk & Outsider Art and the Art of China





«Terrier d’Évêque» (Lille: Archives du Nord). This fascinating manuscript is one of the only extant illustrated rent-books in existence. It was created for the bishop of Cambrai in the late 13th century.


Case Western Reserve University ,
Ph.D., Art History

Williams College, Clark Art Institute ,
M.A., Art History

Oberlin College ,
B.A., Art History

Research Interests: Late Medieval Franco-Flemish manuscript illumination, history of landscape painting, history of textile representation in art, late medieval devotional art and culture, American Folk Art


  • Space, Place and Ornament: The Function of Landscape in Franco-Flemish Manuscript Illumination (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014)
  • Dressing the Part: Textiles as Propaganda in the Middle Ages, co-edited with Dr. Kate Dimitrova (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2015)
Articles & Chapters:
  • "Signs of the City: Seigniorial Power, Vernacular Visual Culture and Urban Memes in Two Northern French Rent-Books” Studies in Iconography 41 (2020), pp. 1-29
  • The Burgundian Garden and the Politics of Space” in Landscape and the Visual Hermeneutics of Place, 1500-1700, Walter Melion & Karl Enenkel, eds. (Leiden: Brill, 2020)
  • “The Terrier de l’Évêque, an illuminated rent-book for the Bishop of Cambrai”, for an edited volume and facsimile of the Pontifical of Enguerrand de Crequy (Toledo), edited by Alison Stones and Mercedes López-Mayán (in preparation)
  • “Artifice and Ornament in the Dit dou Lyon Garden Miniature” for An Illuminated Manuscript of the ‘Collected Works’ of Guillaume de Machaut (BnF, ms. fr. 1586): A Vocabulary for Exegesis, edited by Domenic Leo (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols/Brill series Epitome musical)(in preparation)
  • “Painted Ambitions: The Masonic Murals in the Elisha Gilbert House” Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism 6/2 (2015), pp. 148-195
  • “Reading the Classics” in Splendour of the Burgundian Netherlands: Southern Netherlandish Illuminated Manuscripts in Dutch Collections, eds. Anne Margreet As-Vijvers and Anne Korteweg (Utrecht: Catherijneconvent/W Books, 2018), pp. 192-201
  • “Exploring the Border: the Breviary of Eleanor of Portugal” Push Me, Pull You: Imaginative and Emotional Interaction in Late Medieval and Renaissance Art, Sarah Blick and Laura Gelfand, eds. (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2011), I: pp. 123-148.
  • “Style or Master? A Consideration of the Master of the “Older” Prayerbook of Maximilian I” in Manuscript Studies in the Low Countries: Proceedings of the ‘Groninger Codicologendagen’ in Friesland, 2002 (edited by Anne Margreet W. As-Vijvers, Jos.M.M. Hermans and Gerda C. Huisman)(Groningen: Egbert Forsten, 2008), pp. 187-205.(
  • “The Representation and Meaning of Luxurious Textiles in Late Medieval Franco-Flemish Manuscript Illumination” in Weaving, Veiling and Dressing: Textiles and their Metaphors in the Late Middle Ages, Barbara Baert and Kathryn Rudy, eds. (Turnhout: Brepols, 2007), pp. 121-155 (
  • “Taking Borders Seriously: the significance of cloth-of-gold textile borders in Burgundian and post-Burgundian Manuscript Illumination in the Low Countries” Oud Holland vol.119, no. 1 (2006), pp. 22-40. (×00267)
Additional Scholarship:
  • English editor for The Tuliba Manuscripts: Catalogue of Manuscripts and Miniatures from the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, authored by Anne Margreet As-Vijvers (Hilversum, 2014)
  • Entries for the Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage, edited by Larissa J. Taylor, et al.
  • (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2010)(
    • Textile contact relics, pp. 740-742.
    • Shrine, Decoration, Textiles, pp. 682-683.
    • Philip the Good of Burgundy, p. 517.
    • Abbey of Saint-Denis, pp. 6-9.
  • Catalog entry on the Breviary of Eleanor of Portugal (Morgan Library ms. 52) for exhibition Casa Perfeitisssima: 500 Anos da Fundação do Mosteiro da Madre de Deus, 10 December 2009- 11 April 2010 (Lisbon: Museu Nacional do Azulejo, 2010).
Book Reviews
  • Review of Timothy Husband, The Art of Illumination: The Limbourg Brothers and the Belles Heures of Jean de France, Duc de Berry (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2008) for Renaissance Quarterly LXII, n.3 (Fall, 2009), pp. 874-875.
  • Review of Klara Broekhuijsen, The Masters of the Dark Eyes: Late Medieval Manuscript Painting in Holland (Brepols, 2009) for Speculum (The Medieval Academy of America), 87.3 (July 2012), pp. 843-844.
  • Review of Alixe Bovey, Jean de Carpentin’s Book of Hours: The Genius of the Master of the Dresden Prayerbook (London: Paul Holberton, 2011) for The Medieval Review (Feb. 7, 2013): TMR 13.02.06
  • Review of Christian Heck, Le ‘Ci nous dit’: L’image médiévale et la culture des laïcs au XIVe siècle. les enluminures du manuscrit de Chantilly (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011) for the Historians of Netherlandish Art (Spring Newsletter, April 2013)
  • Review of Lieve Watteeuw and Catherine Reynolds, Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts Museum Plantin-Moretus Antwerp (Paris/Leuven/Walpole, MA: Peeters, 2013) for the Historians of Netherlandish Art (Fall 2013)
  • Review of Kristen Carlvant, Manuscript Painting in Thirteenth-Century Flanders: Bruges, Ghent and the Circle of the Counts (London: Harvey Miller, 2012) for Manuscripta: A Journal for Manuscript Research 58.2 (2014), pp. 276-280
  • Review of Elizabeth Morrison and Zrinka Stahuljak, The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies: Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East (Getty Museum, 2015), for Renaissance Quarterly (Spring 2017), pp. 789-790
  • Review of Sharon Farmer, The Silk Industries of Medieval Paris: Artisanal Migration, Technological Innovation, and Gendered Experience for Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality53/2 (Winter, 2017), pp. 135-138.
  • Review of Elizabeth Morrison, ed. A Knight for the Ages: Jacques de Lalaing and the Art of Chivalry (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2018) for Renaissance Quarterly (2020)
Select Conference Papers:
  • Corinth Colloquium, Emory University, 2019 (Corinth, GA): Gardens of Eloquence: The Late Medieval and Early Renaissance Garden as ornamentum of nobility
  • International Congress on Medieval Studies 2017 (Kalamazoo, MI): More than Meets the Eye: the ‘Dit dou Lyon’ Landscape Miniature from Ms. C
  • Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association, June 2016Signs of the City: Vernacular Urban Culture in the Rent-Book of the Lords of Pamele-Audenarde
  • Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library Symposium 2014Painted Ambition: Notes on Some Early American Masonic Wall Paintings
  • Historians of Netherlandish Art 2010—workshop presentation, Space in the Breviary of Eleanor of Portugal (Morgan Library m. 52)
  • College Art Association 2009Space and Place: Landscape in the ‘Veil Rentier’ of the Lords of Audenarde-Pamele
  • 19th Annual Graduate Conference, The Centre for Comparative Literature at The University of Toronto (April 2008)— Recognizing the Reader in an Age of Mass-Produced Manuscript Illumination
  • International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, MI: May 2007)— Redefining ‘Landscape’ and its Functions in Franco-Flemish Manuscript Illumination
  • Sixteenth Century Studies (Toronto: October, 2004)— The Semiotics of Textile Representation in Post-Burgundian Manuscript Illumination
  • Groningen Codicology Days (Fryske Akademie, Leeuwarden: March 2002) — Style or Master? Considerations on the Working Methods of the Master of the “Older” Prayerbook of Maximilian I
Awards & Fellowships:
  • Research Fellowship, Department of Gardens and Landscape Design, Dumbarton Oaks, Spring 2017
  • NMSU Research Mini-Grants, Spring 2010, Summer 2013, Spring 2017
  • Residency, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, Fall 2008
  • Honorary Faculty Member Omicron Delta Kappa, Alfred University 2006
  • NEH Research grant (Alfred University), Summer, 2005
  • NEH Research grant (Alfred University), Fall, 2005
  • Eva L. Pancoast Fellowship (Case Western Reserve University), 1996
  • Butkin Fellowship (Case Western Reserve University), 1995