Anna Russakoff

Associate Professor, Department Chair - Art History & Fine Arts

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Professor Russakoff is a specialist in Gothic illuminated manuscripts. She has co-edited a volume on the fourteenth-century artist Jean Pucelle, and is currently finishing a book about miraculous images of the Virgin Mary in French illuminated manuscripts. Russakoff has wide-ranging teaching interests, and enjoys broad surveys of art history in addition to more specialized classes. She is particularly enthusiastic about including the monuments and museums of Paris, France and Europe to enhance the classroom experience. 


  • PhD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • MA, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
  • BA, Brown University


  • Monograph: Imagining the Miraculous: Miraculous Images of the Virgin Mary in French Illuminated Manuscripts, ca. 1250-ca. 1450. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2019.
  • “The Jew, the Merchant and a Miraculous Image: Comparative Iconography in Gautier de Coinci's Miracles de Nostre Dame manuscripts,” in Jewish Identity and Comparative Studies/Judéité et Comparatism: Etudies offertes à Astrid Starck-Adler par ses collègues et amis à l’occasion de son soixante-quinzième anniversaire, edited by Roy Rosenstein and Danielle Buschinger. Amiens: Presses du Centre d’Etudes Médiévales de Picardie, 2019, pp. 387-397
  • Mobile Fables: Some Preliminary Notes on Cross-Cultural Animals and their Representations in the Kalila wa Dimna,” in Medieval Manuscripts in Motion: La Circulación de manuscritos iluminados en la Península Ibérica. Edited by Alicia Miguélez and Fernando Villaseñor Sebastian. Madrid: CSIC, 2018, pp. 255-265
  • “Kalila wa Dimna: les fables, les animaux et leurs images à travers les cultures,” in Mondes animaliers au Moyen Age et à la Renaissance: Actes du Colloque international des 8, 9, 10 et 11 mars 2016 à la Maison de la Culture d’Amiens. Edited by Danielle Buschinger et al. Amiens: Presses du Centre d’Etudes Médiévales de Picardie, 2016, pp. 378-387.
  • “Portraiture, Politics and Piety: the Royal Patronage of Gautier de Coinci’s Miracles de Nostre Dame (Paris, BnF NAF 24541).” Studies in Iconography, vol. 37 (2016): 146-180.
  • Human and Animal in Medieval France, 12-15th century, Co-editor with Irène Fabry-Tehranchi, Rodopi, Faux Titre Series, 2014.
  • Collaborative Illumination: Jean Pucelle and the Visual Program of Gautier de Coinci’s Les Miracles de Nostre Dame (Paris, BnF, 24541),” in Jean Pucelle: Innovation and Collaboration in Manuscript Painting, volume edited by myself and Kyunghee Pyun. Brepols/Harvey Miller; November 2013.
  • “The Virgin Hodegetria: an Iconic Formula for Miracle Illustrations in the West?” in La formule au Moyen-Âge. Edited by Elise Louviot, forthcoming from Brepols (estimated date of publication: May 2013).
  • “Miracles de la Vierge et handicap au XIIIe siècle,” in Handicaps et sociétés dans l’histoire : l’estropie, l’aveugle et le paralytique de l’Antiquité aux temps modernes. Edited by Franck Collard and Évelyne Samama. Paris : L’Harmattan, 2010, pp. 129-144.
  • Book review of Gautier de Coinci: Miracles, Music, and Manuscripts, ed. Kathy M. Krause and Alison Stones. Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006), in Studies in Iconography 30 (2009), pp. 250-253.
  • Book review of Marina Vidas, The Psalter of Christina of Norway in the Collection of the Royal Library in Copenhagen (Copenhagen: Museum Tuscalanum Press, 2006), published by on 26 July 2007.
  • Book review of Christopher de Hamel, The Rothschilds and their Collections of Illuminated Manuscripts (London: The British Library, 2005) and the French edition published by the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2004, in The Book Collector 55, 4 (Winter 2006), pp. 616-619.
  • “The Role of the Image in an Illustrated Manuscript of Les Miracles de Notre-Dame by Gautier de Coinci: Besançon, Bibliothèque municipale 551,” in Manuscripta 47/48 (2003/2004), pp. 135-144.

Conferences & Lectures

  • Leeds, UK, International Medieval Congress, July 2012; delivered paper entitled “Images that Re-Read Texts: Illustration Strategies in Miracles of the Virgin Manuscripts”
  • Kalamazoo, International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2011; presented a paper entitled, “The Power of Visuality: Miracles of the Virgin in the Illustrated Vie des Pères Manuscripts”
  • Nancy, France, November 2010; delivered paper entitled “The Virgin Hodegetria: an Iconic Formula for Miracle Illustrations in the West?” as part of a conference entitled Formulas in Medieval Culture, held at the University of Nancy-2
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 2010; delivered paper entitled “Images that Come to Life: Miracles of the Virgin and the Vierges Ouvrantes” as part of a session entitled Manipulating the Object: Simultaneous Readings and Experiences at a conference of the Historians of Netherlandish Art at the University of Amsterdam
  • Leeds, UK, International Medieval Congress, July 2009; delivered paper entitled “Miraculous Marian Images in Illustrated Manuscripts of Jean de Vignay’s Miroir Historial”
  • Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Antenne universitaire de Troyes, March 2009; delivered paper entitled “Miracles de la Vierge et handicap au XIIIe siècle” as part of a colloquium entitled L’estropié, l’aveugle et le paralytique. Penser et surmonter le handicap: Antiquité, Moyen Âge, Ancien Régime
  • College Art Association National Conference in Dallas, TX, February 2008; delivered paper entitled: “What’s in a name? Jean Pucelle, Jean le Noir and their collaborators”
  • Kalamazoo, International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2007; invited to participate in roundtable session sponsored by the International Medieval Society, Paris, entitled, “The AN, the BN, and beyond: conducting research in Paris and France”
  • Free Library of Philadelphia, participated April 2006 symposium, Turning over a New Leaf: Current Research Related to the Medieval Collections of the Free Library of Philadelphia; presented a paper entitled: “The Allure of the Leaf: the Artistic Taste of Medieval Manuscript Collector John Frederick Lewis (1860-1932)”
  • St. Louis University, Manuscripta conference at the Vatican Film Library, October 2005; delivered paper entitled: “Iconography Invented and Sources Transformed: Jean Pucelle and Gautier de Coinci’s Miracles de Nostre Dame”
  • Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts, Courtauld Institute, London, July 2005; delivered paper entitled: “The ‘Conversion of a Saracen’: Miraculous Images and Visual Narrative in the Gautier de Coinci Manuscripts”
  • Kalamazoo, International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2005; delivered paper entitled: “A Medieval Gesamtkunstwerk: Relations among the Arts in a Miracles of the Virgin Manuscript”
  • New York University, April 2005; participated in Roundtable session in conference entitled: “Mary: Mediterranean, European, Global”
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fellows work-in-progress colloquium, March 2004; delivered paper entitled: “The Royal Patronage of Les Miracles de Notre Dame (Paris, BnF, 24541)”


  • College Art Association
  • International Center of Medieval Art
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • International Medieval Society, Paris
  • Historians of Netherlandish Art

Research Areas

  • Illuminated manuscripts
  • Image-text relationships
  • Miraculous images
  • Animals in medieval art