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Dr Krisztina Ilko PhD

Dr Krisztina Ilko, PhD

Teaching Associate

Director of Studies at Homerton College

Research Interests

Krisztina Ilko is a specialist of the Middle Ages, with a firm interest in artistic patronage and the cult of saints between 800 and 1400. She currently serves as a Teaching Associate in Italian Renaissance Art at the University of Cambridge for 2020/2021.

Dr Ilko completed her PhD in History of Art as a Lander Scholar at the University of Cambridge, Pembroke College in 2020, for which she was awarded the Whitney Predoctoral Research Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum in New York for 2018/2020.

Her current research is concerned with the mendicant orders of friars, the largest institutional patrons of art and architecture in late medieval western Christendom. Her dissertation, “The Artistic Patronage of the Augustinian Friars in Central Italy (1256-c. 1370),” filled a lacuna in scholarship by providing the first comprehensive study of the ‘third’ mendicant order: the Hermits of St Augustine, long dismissed as pale imitators of the Franciscans. Her research led to a major re-evaluation of the Augustinians’ artistic legacy, revealing them to be innovative patrons who used art discerningly to promote a distinctive eremitical identity. She is currently completing a book project which derives from the results of her PhD.

Dr Ilko's research on the Augustinian friars is built upon site visits to forty (ex-)hermitages and unpublished documentation from two dozen state, communal, and ecclesiastical archives across Italy from Bari to the Valle d’Aosta. Her scholarship has been supported by substantial national and international awards from the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), the Italian Art Society (IAS), AHRC, the Francis Haskell Memorial Fund of The Burlington Magazine Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Delaware Valley Medieval Association, Pembroke College, Kettle's Yard, and the History of Art Department at Cambridge.

Key Publications

“Forging the Augustinian Past: The Rule-Giving of St Augustine in a Duecento Gradual,” Gesta, (2021), forthcoming. (International Center of Medieval Art Essay Award)

"Extra murals - on the discovery of medieval wall paintings in Torcello," in: Apollo (2020, available online:

"Recovering the Augustinian Convent of San Salvatore in Venetian Candia," Journal of Ecclesiastical History (2020), forthcoming. (Delaware Valley Medieval Association Essay Prize)

"Freskenmalerei des 14. Jahrhunderts in der Slowakei: Das letzte Gebet Mariens in der Kathedrale von Neutra (Nitra)," in Neue Forschungen zur Wandmalerei des Mittelalters, ed. Ulrike Heinrichs and Katharina Pick (Regensburg: Schnell & Steiner, 2019), 133–141.

"The Identification of an Illuminated Trecento Fragment of the Postil on the Lenten Gospels by Albert of Padua," Metropolitan Museum Journal 53 (2018), 128–135.