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Dr. Erika Loic specializes in global medieval art history, manuscript illumination, and the Iberian Peninsula. In addition to her training in art history, Dr. Loic’s formal education has included film studies, communications, and cultural studies. Her background in film informs much of her current work on the art of the book, from the earliest codices to more recent experiments in sculptural, projection-based, and digital artists’ books. Her interest in the materiality of the book similarly extends to the benefits and shortcomings of the Digital Humanities in teaching and research.
Before joining the art history faculty at Florida State University in 2020, she held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medieval Art and Digital Humanities at the University of Toronto Mississauga. In this role, she was the project manager and content curator for artofthemiddleages.com, a teaching and research tool in support of a new textbook, Art and Architecture of the Middle Ages: Exploring a Connected World (Cornell University Press, 2022). She continues to contribute content to this resource.
Dr. Loic’s current book project, The Ripoll Bibles: Art and Monastic Practice in Eleventh-Century Catalonia, focuses on two of the most densely illustrated bibles of the entire Middle Ages: the Ripoll Bible (Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vat. lat. 5729) and the Roda Bible (Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Ms. lat. 6). Scribes and artists at the Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll, in the northeastern Iberian Peninsula, began working on these prodigious manuscripts, each around half a meter in height, during the abbacy of Catalonia’s renowned Bishop-Abbot Oliba (r. 1008–1046). Their contents reflect his ambitious expansion of the monastic library and Ripoll’s place within Iberian, trans-Pyrenean, and trans-Mediterranean networks. In addition, they were designed for use within the very monastery where they were produced, and therefore capture a convergence of makers and users.
Together with Elsa De Luca and Alicia Miguélez Cavero, Dr. Loic co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies: “Connecting the Dots: New Research Paradigms for Iberian Manuscripts as Material Objects” (2022). She is also co-editing a volume on the Iberian Middle Ages (re-)imagined in Luso- and Hispanophone film and television. Her scholarship has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Burlington Magazine Foundation and Francis Haskell Memorial Fund, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The Ripoll Bibles: Art and Monastic Practice in Eleventh-Century Catalonia
Loic, Erika. “The Art of the Biblical Prologue in Medieval Catalonia: Visual Connections and Interpretation in the Ripoll Bibles.” Early Medieval Europe 30, no. 4 (2022): 577–605.
Loic, Erika. “The Once and Future Histories of the Book: Decolonial Interventions into the Codex, Chronicle, and Khipu.” Latin American and Latinx Visual Culture 4, no. 1 (2022): 9–26.
Loic, Erika. “Teaching Collections and Codicology in the Age of Digital Surrogates.” Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art and Architecture 8, no. 1 (2022): 41–51.
Miguélez Cavero, Alicia, Elsa De Luca, and Erika Loic, eds. Connecting the Dots: New Research Paradigms for Iberian Manuscripts as Material Objects, special issue of the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 14, no. 1 (2022).
Loic, Erika. “Ruling Patterns in Three Dimensions: Materiality and the Art of the Digitized Iberian Bible.” Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies 14, no. 1 (2022): 142–65.
Loic, Erika. “Bell-Lamp of Oran from the Perspective of Art History: Object Case Study.” In Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages, edited by Alice Isabella Sullivan. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020.
Loic, Erika. “The Letter as Presence, Process, and Partnership: Mergers of Message and Medium in the Medieval Initial.” Visual Resources 36, no. 1–2 (2020): 1–27.
Loic, Erika. “Dominus Tonans: The Voice and Light of Christianity’s Tempestuous God in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages.” Word & Image 35, no. 4 (2019): 403–25.
Loic, Erika. “Creativity at the End(s) of an Empire: Biblical Compilation and Illustration at the Monastery of Ripoll.” In After the Carolingians: Re-defining Manuscript Illumination in the 10th and 11th Centuries, edited by Beatrice E. Kitzinger and Joshua O’Driscoll, 161–82. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019.