Associate Professor & Chair


Marguerite Keane is a specialist in medieval art. Her research is on the material culture of the fourteenth century in France, with particular focus on manuscript painting, ideology, and gender studies. She has published on fourteenth-century French manuscript painting, on the object collection of the French queen Blanche of Navarre (c. 1331-1398), and on the tomb chapel of Blanche of Navarre at Saint-Denis. Her current project is a book-length study of the patronage of Blanche of Navarre.

She has an M.A. in art history from Williams College, and her doctorate in art history was earned at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At Drew she teaches medieval, Islamic, and classical art. She can be reached at

Recent Publications

  • Material Culture and queenship in fourteenth-century France: The Testament of Blanche of Navarre (1331-1398) (Leiden: Brill, 2016)
  • “Memory and identity in the chapel of Blanche of Navarre at Saint-Denis,” in Citation, Intertextuality and Memory in the Middle Ages and Renaissance vol 2: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Medieval Culture, eds. Yolanda Plumley and Giuliano di Bacco, Liverpool, 2013, 123-136.
  • “Collaboration in the Hours of Jeanne de Navarre,” in Jean Pucelle: Innovation and Collaboration in Manuscript Painting, eds. Anna Russakoff and Kyunghee Pyun, Turnhout, 2013, 131-148.
  • “Most beautiful and next best: value in the collection of a medieval queen,” Journal of Medieval History 34 (December 2008): 360-73.
  • “Louis IX, Louis X, Louis of Navarre: Family Ties and Political Ideology in the Hours of Jeanne of Navarre,” Visual Resources XX (March 2004).