BA - University of Chicago
MA - University of Pennsylvania

Ryan Eisenman is a PhD Candidate specializing in the visual and material culture of the European Middle Ages. His research focuses on histories of metalwork and mining, the development of artistic communities and networks, and application of art to form structures of power. His dissertation, “The Limoges Champlevé Enamel Industry, ca. 1180–1280,” illuminates the generation and reproduction of socio-economic relationships underpinning art-making in thirteenth-century Limoges, elucidating the working processes employed to make enamel “multiples” (the medieval equivalent to modern mass production) and tracking the taste for symbols of ecclesiastical authority made in champlevé enamel. He maintains an active interest in histories of gender and sexuality and the application of contemporary queer theory to medieval art history. His research has been supported by the University of Pennsylvania, the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), the Dr. Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fond/Rijksmuseum Fond, and the Chateaubriand Program in Humanities & Social Sciences. He was awarded a 2020 Graduate Student Prize by the ICMA. He is a member of the ICMA Advocacy Committee and previously served as a department representative to SASGov, co-coordinator of Medievalists@Penn, and a Barnes Foundation In Focus author. 

Photo by Maarten Kools. 

Barnes Foundation In Focus “Long Descriptions”

Enthroned Virgin (A437): https://collection.barnesfoundation.org/objects/7877/Enthroned-Virgin/

Shutter of a Tabernacles with Scenes of the Infancy of Christ (01.04.51): https://collection.barnesfoundation.org/objects/6140/barnes-collection-object/


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