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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
April 24, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Ilse Friesen

Contract Academic Staff

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext.3389
Fax: 519 746-3655
Office Location: DAWB 4th Floor

Academic Background

Professor Emerita (since 2005)
Professor of Art History, Fine Arts Program (co-ordinator)
Part-time Professor, Medieval Studies
Part-time Professor, Art History, Department of History

My main areas of interest are:  Medieval and Renaissance Art, Canadian Art, Women in Art, Images of Christian Culture, Iconography and Symbolism in the Visual Arts, Art Therapy.


Books and Catalogues:

Albrecht Dürer: 114 Famous Prints: Woodcuts and Copper Engravings in the Graphic Collection of the Monastery of Stams, Tyrol. Telfs, Austria: Hörtenbergdruck, 2000.

Earth, Hell and Heaven in the Art of William Kurelek. Oakville: Mosaic Press, 1997.

Chapters in Books and Encyclopaedia Entries:

"Martin Schongauer (c. 1465-1491)." Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. New York: Scribner's, 1999, vol. 5, 425- 426.

"Saints as Helpers in Dying: The Hairy Holy Women Mary Magdalene, Mary of Egypt and Wilgefortis in the Iconography of the Middle Ages." Barabra Gusick and Edelgard DuBruck, eds. Death and Dying: Testimony, Belief, Ritual and Imaging in the Late Middle Ages. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 1999, 239-256.

"Luther and St. Anne in the Art of the Early Renaissance." Art and Interreligious Dialogue. Michael Bird, ed. Lanham and New York: University Press of America, 1995, 1-17.

Some Articles:

"Emmaus - the Artist's Way." Consensus: A Canadian Lutheran Journal of Theology. 1990, vol. 24, no. 2, 107 - 113.

"Hildegard von Bingen: Being on Fire." Journal of the Creative and Expressive Arts Therapies Exchange. Toronto, 1997, vol. 6, 23 -27.

"Hildegard von Bingen: Creativity and the Healing Colour Green." The Canadian Art Therapy Association Journal. Summer 1995, vol. 9, no. 2, 16 - 30.

The Female Crucifix: Images of St. Wilgefortis Since the Middle Ages. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2001.