Dr Jacopo Gnisci

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Academic Background

My current research project is supported by a Getty/ACSL Fellowship. I was previously a Research Associate for the Monumental Art of the Christian and Early Islamic East ERC project here at Oxford. I obtained a PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where I worked as a Teaching Assistant. Subsequently, I held positions at the Edith O'Donnel Institute of Art History, University of Texas at Dallas; the Hiob Ludolf Centre for Ethiopian Studies at Hamburg University; and at the Vatican Apostolic Library. I have collaborated with several institutions including the Dallas Museum of Art and the Bodleian Library, contributing to the recent exhibition Sacred Scripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea (2019). v

Research Interests

My research focuses on the Christian Art of Ethiopia and Eritrea. I am interested in the interrelations between material culture, literature, and identity; the performative and liturgical functions of artworks and the technical processes involved in their production; and, finally, the social, political, material, and religious boundaries and transcultural exchanges which defined the production of imagery. I am also interested in debates about the restitution and decolonisation of African heritage in Western institutions.v

Research Keywords

Manuscript Illumination, Ethiopian Art, Eritrean Art, African Art, Medieval Art, Postcolonial Studies.


Full Publications: dr_jacopo_gnisci_full_list_of_publications.pdf

Selected Publications:

  • An Ethiopian Miniature of the Tempietto in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Its Relatives and Symbolism

  • Marian Literature in Geʿez

  • The Gospel in Geʿez

  • A fifteenth-century Ethiopian icon of the Virgin and Child by the Master of the Amber-Spotted Tunic

  • Crosses from Ethiopia at the Dallas Museum of Art: An Overview

  • More