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Matthew Milliner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art History

On Faculty since 2011

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Dr. Milliner holds an M.A. & Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University, and an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. His scholarly specialization is Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual culture. He teaches across the range of art history with an eye for the prospects and pitfalls of visual theology. He is a four-time appointee to the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate, and winner of Redeemer University’s Emerging Public Intellectual Award. 

Curriculum vitae: http://www.millinerd.com/p/blog-page_2560.html

Princeton University
Ph.D., Art and Archaeology, 2011

Princeton University
M.A., Medieval and Byzantine Art, 2007

Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div., Theology, 2005

Wheaton College
B.A., Art History, 1998

  • Art History
  • Byzantine Art
  • Medieval Art
  • The Virgin Mary
  • Visual Theology
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • Non-Western Art
  • Renaissance Art
  • History
  • Contemporary Art
  • Archaeology

Visual Commentary on Scripture: Romans 3:9-31


A New Madonna Della Misericordia in Orvieto
Studio for Art, Faith and History

Our experiment [in visual ecumenism] took the form of a Madonna della Misericordia (Madonna of Mercy). The image has a longstanding history in this region of Italy. But our aim was not just to study the history of the image, but to contribute to that history ourselves.

Katy Perry and Byzantine Icons

2016 Emerging Public Intellectual Award recipient uses art history and today's visual culture to tell sacred stories. (From Redeemer University College)

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Wheaton College Prof Named to Senate Advisory Board

A Wheaton College art history professor has been named to a prestigious government advisory board. Dr. Matt Milliner is now a member of the U.S. Senate Curatorial Advisory Board. The panel, which includes 12 other historians, curators and experts from some of the country's most respected institutions, is responsible for advising the Senate Commission on Art. Milliner tells WDCB News Reporter Gary Zidek the advisory panel’s job is to help the five Senators on that Commission.

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“Cleansing the Temple”
The Princeton Lectures on Youth, Church & Culture, Princeton Theological Seminary

"Hearing Law, Seeing Gospel"
Manhattan Mockingbird Conference, https://vimeo.com/220242944

Seen but Not Heard: The Face of Univocity
Transcendence, Figuration, Modernity: On Theology and the Arts in the Renaissance I

Keynote Presentation: "Ecumenism in the Arts"
49th Annual Institute for Ecumenical Research Summer Seminar, Strasbourg, France

Culture Breaking: In Praise of Iconoclasm
Wheaton Theology Conference, Wheaton, IL.

Toward a Visual Ecumenism
Invited Presentation, Durham, NC.

  • Art Survey (ART 101)
  • History of Art & Architecture I (ART 251)
  • History of Art & Architecture II (ART 351)
  • Medieval & Byzantine Art (ART 352)
  • Renaissance & Reformation Art (ART 353)
  • Senior Seminar in Art History (ART 494)
  • What is an Image? (CORE First Year Seminar)
  • The Art & Literature of Indigenous America (CORE Advanced Integrative Seminar)
  • Mother of God: The Art & Theology of the Virgin Mary (CORE Advanced Integrative Seminar)

Visual Ecumenism: The Coy Communion of Art, The Sacraments and Christian Unity, 2018

One Soul in Two Bodies: Icons of Sergius & Bacchus Then & Now, Beauty, Order, Mystery: A Christian Vision of Sexuality, 2017

The Blessed Virgin Mary, The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, 2017

Review of Matthew Crawford's The World Outside Your Head, First Things, 2016

Culture Breaking: In Praise of Iconoclasm, The Image of God in an Image Driven Age, 2016

Icon as Theology: The Byzantine ‘Virgin of Predestination,’ ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art, 2014

Visual Arts in Education, Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, 2014

Not So Secular Sweden, First Things, 2014

Living Offering, First Things, 2014

Review of Bissera Pentcheva's The Sensual Icon and Leslie Brubaker and John Haldon's Byzantium in the Iconoclastic Era, Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, 2014

"A Secular Age 2.0" Review of Thomas Pfau's Minding the Modern, Books & Culture, 2014

Our Lady of Wheaton, First Things, 2013

“Ghost of Princeton Past.” Review of Inner Sanctum, Princeton: America's Campus, & Princeton and the Gothic Revival: 1870-1930, Books & Culture, 2013

Review of Cecelia González-Andrieu's A Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty, Christian Scholar’s Review, 2013

Lenten Reading: A Review of Ephraim Radner's A Brutal Unity, Books & Culture, 2013

The Brancacci Chapel and Academia’s ‘Religious Turn,' Art as Spiritual Perception: Essays in Honor of E. John Walford, 2012

Kindred Spirits Revisited: T.S. Eliot & Bruce Herman, Qu4rtets, 2012

Medieval Wisdom and the University, The City, 2012

Anchors Aweigh: The Neglected Art of Theological Interpretation, Comment, 2012

A Curse Reversed: Towards a Visual Ecumenism, Seen Journal, 2012

“Converting the Canvas.” Review of Timothy Gorringe's Earthly Visions, First Things, 2012









Artists Gone Mild

Artists have a reputation for being rule breakers, but a far more pervasive theme is one of artists turning to traditional religion and illustrating that conversion through their artwork. In this TowerTalk, Professor of Art History Dr. Matt Milliner ’98 explores the theme of repentance by paralleling the lives of four artists from the Renaissance with four artists from modern times.


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