Anne Rudloff Stanton loves romance. She loves the way it looks, the way it sounds, and the way it smells—but only when it’s found in the margins of 14th-century books. The professor of Art History and Archaeology describes one example—a small drawing of a man leaving a woman—and she leans forward as if she were talking about a mutual friend of ours. “There’s this long sequence of the story of Moses, who, as you may not know, was married before he married Zipporah,” she begins. “He first married the daughter of the king of Ethiopia.”
Stanton studied studio art as an undergraduate, but she has always been driven by narratives. A turning point for her occurred a couple of years after graduating with a BFA in painting. While she was sitting in on an art history class and viewing the slides, she began to imagine going back to school to study medieval art.