About

Brad Hostetler is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Kenyon College for the 2017–18 academic year. He specializes in the material culture of the Eastern Mediterranean, specifically the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire and the Islamic Caliphate. His primary research interests include the interaction of text and image, patronage of devotional art, and the agency of luxury objects in late antique and medieval societies. His current book project examines reliquaries in the Middle Byzantine period (843–1204), a time when Constantinople was regarded as the relic capital of the Christian world. He is also co-director of Inscriptions of Mount Athos, a project documenting the Byzantine Greek inscriptions on minor works of art preserved in the monastic collections of Mount Athos, Greece. He has published essays in Eastern Christian Art, Athanor, and most recently in Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, 500 – 1500 (Routledge, 2017). Brad has been the recipient of grants from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the A.G. Leventis Foundation, and has held fellowships at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to Kenyon, Brad taught courses on Medieval Pilgrimage, the True Cross, and Late Antique and Early Christian Art and Architecture at Florida State University.

Education

Ph.D., Art History, Florida State University, 2016 M.A., Art History, Florida State University, 2009 B.A., Art, Wheaton College, 2002

Other Publications

BOOK PROJECT Enshrining Sacred Matter: The Form, Function, and Meaning of Reliquaries in Medieval Byzantium. (in preparation) PUBLISHED “Image, Epigram, and Nature in Middle Byzantine Personal Devotion.” In Natural Materials of the Holy Land and the Visual Translation of Place, 500 – 1500. R. Bartal, N. Bodner, and B. Kühnel, eds. (Routledge, 2017), pp. 172–89. “The Limburg Staurotheke: A Reassessment.” Athanor 30 (2012), pp. 7–13. “The Iconography of Text: The Placement of an Inscription on a Middle Byzantine Reliquary.” Eastern Christian Art 8 (2011), pp. 49–55. FORTHCOMING “Reliquary Epigrams.” In Byzantine Texts on Art and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081 – ca. 1330). C. Barber and F. Spingou, eds. Cambridge Univ. Press. “Daniel the Exile’s Ekphrasis of a Hippodrome Scene: Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev?” (co-authored with M. Herrington, R. Romanchuk, S. Simmons, and C. Timm). In Byzantine Texts on Art and Aesthetics, vol. 3: From Alexios I to the Rise of Hesychasm (1081 – ca. 1330). C. Barber and F. Spingou, eds. Cambridge Univ. Press. “Towards a Typology for the Placement of Names on Works of Art.” In Inscribing Texts in Byzantium: Continuity, Invention, Transformation. Proceedings of the 49th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies. I. Toth and M. Lauxtermann, eds. Routledge. IN PREPARATION “Patronage, Art-Making, and Re-making in Byzantium: The Limburg Staurotheke in Context.” “The Byzantine Signet Ring of John the Imperial Spatharios.”

Projects

Inscriptions of Mount Athos (with Paschalis Androudis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). Link to website coming in September 2017.

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