Associate Professor, Assistant Department Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in Art History
Dorothy Hoogland Verkerk received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. Her area of specialization is in early medieval art, and her research interests include the interplay between images and texts in early medieval manuscripts, particularly the ways in which images interpret the meanings of texts through visual references to extra-textual elements such as popular sermons, liturgical rites, political necessities, and catechisms. Also, she is interested in the fluid and diverse iconography found in early Christian catacombs and sarcophagi, with rich references to death rituals. She has also explored Irish high crosses as potential sculptural responses to pilgrimage to Rome.
Dr.Verkerk’s book Early Medieval Book Illumination and the Ashburnham Pentateuch has recently been published by Cambridge University Press.
Other recent publications include: “Pilgrimage Ad Limina Apostolorum in Rome: Irish Crosses and Early Christian Sarcophagi,” in From Ireland Coming…, C. Hourihane, ed., Princeton University Press, 2000, and “Exodus and Easter Vigil in the Ashburnham Pentateuch,” Art Bulletin, 77, 1995, 94-105.
For her class Celtic Art & Cultures, Dr. Verkerk has created an online catalog of Celtic art, which can be viewed at: www.unc.edu/celtic
She was a 1999 Medal Winner, for EDUCAUSE in association with the College Art Association, and has been featured as a case study in Syllabus: Technology for Education, Feb. 2000.
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