Jennifer Ball

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Research Interests

  • Byzantine Art history, Material culture of the Mediterranean, Textiles, Dress, Portraiture

Education

  • PhD, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 2001

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Brooklyn College

Professor of Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Jennifer Ball’s interests are in textiles and dress, and portrait representations of 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. She received the 2016-17 Claire Tow Distinguished Teacher Award at Brooklyn College. She has three projects underway taking up Byzantine silk, Byzantine dress, and textiles and lived religion in Northeast Africa.

Publications:

  • “Rich Interiors: The Remnant of a Hanging from Late Antique Egypt in the Collection of Dumbarton Oaks” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 73 (2019), 215-251.
  • Contributing author, Byzantine and Early Islamic Textiles: An Online Scholarly Publication of the Dumbarton Oaks Textile Holdings. Gudrun Bühl and Elizabeth Dospĕl Williams, Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2019. https://www.doaks.org/resources/textiles/
  • “Died in the Wool, Buried in the Linen: Textiles from the Graves of Late Antique Egypt” in From the Desert to the City: Textiles of Late Ancient Egypt, Warren Woodfin ed., 2018, 6-13.
  • “Textiles: The Emergence of a Christian Identity in Cloth,” in The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art, Robin Jensen and Mark Ellison eds., London: Routledge 2018, 221-239.
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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Brooklyn College