Professor of Early Christian and Byzantine Art
Dr. Jennifer Ball’s interests are in portrait representation, with special attention to dress. Much of her research also concerns textiles, and other material culture, as it moved around the Mediterranean, in the Byzantine, Islamic and Western medieval worlds. She is a frequent lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has held fellowships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Princeton University’s Program in Hellenic Studies. In 2007, she received the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching in the Humanities at Brooklyn College. Her current project takes up monastic representation.
Books and Articles:
“Decoding the Habit of the Byzantine Nun” in Journal of Modern Hellenism 27 (2009-10), 25-52.
“Medieval Pit-Looms: Filling the Evolutionary Gap” in Anayemata Evrtika: Early Christian, Byzantine and Armenian Studies in Honor of Thomas F. Mathews (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern GmBH) (February 2009)
“The Missing Link: Filling the Gap in the Evolution of Medieval Domestic Looms” in Anayemata Evrtika: Early Christian, Byzantine and Armenian Studies in Honor of Thomas F. Mathews (Mainz: Philipp von Zabern GmBH, 2009), 38-44.
Byzantine Dress: Representations of Secular Dress in Eighth- to Twelfth-Century Painting. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
“A Double-Headed Eagle Embroidery: From Battlefield to Altar,” in Metropolitan Museum Journal. 41 (2006), 59-64.
“A Sixteenth-Century Batrashil in The Metropolitan Museum of Art,” in Hugoye: The Journal of Syriac Studies. 9:1(January, 2006).
“A Syrian Liturgical Stole,” in Hugoye: The Journal of Syriac Studies. 9:1(January, 2006).
Representations of Byzantine Secular Dress in Painting, 8th-12th centuries. New Middle Ages Series. (New York: Palgrave, 2005).