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Kristen Racaniello
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Art History

Areas of research: Major: Medieval Art; Minor: Performance, Popular Culture, Gender and Sexuality, Materiality, Medieval Studies, Public Monuments

Research interests: Racaniello is a Medieval art historian whose primary research centers on the late Ottonian and Romanesque periods in France, Germany, and Spain. She focuses on bodily performance in spaces of ritual and in public interactions with objects of devotion, monumental sculpture, and the built environment. Materiality, process and issues surrounding gender and production in the Middle Ages inform and shape Racaniello's research interests. Racaniello taught art history survey classes at Hunter College, has taught practical lost wax Bronze casting classes and stone sculpture, and pursued an apprenticeship in Florence for fresco restoration. She currently works at Les Enluminures, a gallery specializing in rare manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, as well as rings and jewelry of the same periods.

Previous education: B.A. in Art History at Purchase College, SUNY (Summa Cum Laude); M.A. in Medieval Art History at Hunter College, CUNY