About

Brad Hostetler is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at Kenyon College for the 2017–18 academic year, teaching introductory surveys and intermediate courses on medieval art. He specializes in the visual and material culture of the ancient and medieval Eastern Mediterranean, specifically the art and architecture of Late Antiquity, the Byzantine Empire, and the Islamicate lands. His research interests include the interaction of text and image, patronage, and the agency of luxury objects in pre-modern societies.
 
His current book project examines the production, use, and circulation of reliquaries in the Byzantine Empire. He is also co-director of a digital humanities project, Inscriptions of Mount Athos (IMA), which documents the medieval Greek inscriptions displayed on portable objects 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).
 
He 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, eds. R. Bartal, N. Bodner, and B. Kühnel (Routledge, 2017), 172–89.

“The Limburg Staurotheke: A Reassessment,” Athanor 30 (2012): 7–13.

“The Iconography of Text: The Placement of an Inscription on a Middle Byzantine Reliquary,” Eastern Christian Art 8 (2011): 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), eds. C. Barber and F. Spingou (Cambridge University 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), eds. C. Barber and F. Spingou (Cambridge University Press).

UNDER REVIEW

“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, eds. I. Toth and M. Lauxtermann (Routledge).

“Patronage, Art-Making, and Re-making in Byzantium: The Limburg Staurotheke in Context.” Journal article.

“The Byzantine Signet Ring of John, the Imperial Spatharios.” Journal article.

Projects

Inscriptions of Mount Athos (with Paschalis Androudis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), http://www.athosinscriptions.org.

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