Louisa Woodville


About Louisa Woodville

Louisa Woodville teaches at George Mason University where she specializes in medieval and Renaissance art history, focusing in the social, economic and political context in which artists created works. After receiving an M.A. in Renaissance Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University, Professor Woodville worked at the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the painting department at the Manhattan auction house William Doyle Galleries.


Fresco in the former Abbey of Saint-André-de-Lavaudieu, France, 14th century- detail
Rats spread plague throughout the streets of Europe. Society turned upside down—but the Renaissance lay ahead.

The Black Death



Lindisfarne Gospels, St. Matthew (detail), Second Initial Page, f.29, early 8th century (British Library)
The “cross-carpet” pages of this early 8th-century manuscript weave together birds, knots, spirals—and the Cross.

The Lindisfarne Gospels