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Catherine Gines Taylor is the Hugh W. Nibley Postdoctoral Fellow. She specializes in late antique Christian art history and iconography. Dr. Taylor holds graduate degrees from the University of Manchester and Brigham Young University. Her work is focused on the interdisciplinary study of art, scripture, lay piety, Christian patronage, and patristic texts.  More specifically, her research centers on images of women in early Christian contexts. Her monograph on the iconography of the Annunciation was published by Brill in 2018. Dr. Taylor’s current research investigates the typologies of Susanna and Wisdom on sarcophagi and within funerary contexts.

Selected Publications


Late Antique Images of the Virgin Annunciate Spinning: Allotting the Scarlet and the Purple (Brill, 2018)

Material Culture and Women’s Religious Experience in Antiquity, co-edited with Mark Ellison and Carolyn Osiek (Roman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2021).


“Foreseeing the Feminine Divine: Allegorical Reception and the Mosaic of Eutekneia, Philosophia, and Dikaiosyne from Shahba, Syria,” Material Culture and Women’s Religious Experience in Antiquity, eds. Catherine Gines Taylor, Mark D. Ellison, Carolyn Osiek, (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books; Roman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2021).

“Sarcophagi,” The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries, eds. Helen Bond, Chris Keith, Jens Schröter, (London: T&T Clark, 2019): 307-336.

“Women and the World of the New Testament,” New Testament History, Culture, and Society, ed. Lincoln Blumell, (Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Book Company, 2019): 514-531.

“Educated Susanna: Female Orans, Sarcophagi, and the Typology of Woman Wisdom in Late Antique Art and Iconography.” Studia Patristica, ed. Markus Vinzent, (Leuven, Paris, Walpole, MA: Peeters, 2018).

“The Matrilineal Cord of Rahab in the Via Latina Catacomb,” Studies in the Bible and Antiquity 8, (Provo, UT: The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2016): 182-214.

“The Pignatta Sarcophagus: Late Antique Iconography and the Memorial Culture of Salvation,” Biblical Reception 3, eds. J. Cheryl Exum and David J. A. Clines, (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2016): 30-56.

“Burial Threads: A Late Antique Textile and the Iconography of the Virgin Annunciate Spinning,” Interdisciplinary Studies in Textiles and Dress in Antiquity, eds. Marie-Louise Nosch, Mary Harlow, Giovanni Fanfanni, (Oxford: Oxbow, 2015): 399-414.

“Peter in the House of Tabitha: Late Antique Sarcophagi and Christian Philanthropy,” The Ministry of Peter the Chief Apostle, eds. Frank Judd and Eric Huntsman, (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book; Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, 2014): 191-209.

“Painted Veneration: The Priscilla Catacomb Annunciation and the Protoevangelion of James as Precedents for Late Antique Annunciation Iconography,” Studia Patristica LIX vol. 7, ed. Allen Brent and Markus Vinzent, (Leuven, Paris, Walpole, MA: Peeters, 2013): 21-38.

“Preceding the Ascetic Type: Early Byzantine Images of the Virgin Annunciate Spinning,” Thirty-fourth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference Abstract of Papers, (New Brunswick, NJ, 2008).


An Art Historians Perspective on Christ in Triumph,” Maxwell Institute Blog, 12 April 2020.

Wonders in the Deep,” Maxwell Institute Blog, 28 March 2020.

Rediscovering Mary, Mother of God,” Maxwell Institute Podcast 101, 28 January 2020.

The Annunciation,” In Good Faith, BYURadio, 30 November 2019.

Mary Magdalene at the Tomb,” Maxwell Institute Blog, 21 April 2019.

I Gave my Heart to Know Wisdom,” Maxwell Institute Blog, 21 September 2018.

Pausing at the Cross of Jesus,” Maxwell Institute Blog, 14 April 2017.


Maxwell Institute Scholar Lecture, “Lady at the Gate: Women as Holy Gatekeepers in Early Christian Iconography” (November 2, 2017)

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