Emily L. Spratt


Emily L. Spratt

Renaissance and Byzantine


Emily L. Spratt is a Byzantine and Renaissance–Baroque art historian with specializations in Venice and the Mediterranean, 1400–1600, and the Hellenic world from antiquity to the Greek independence movement. Having completed an M.A. in Byzantine art history at UCLA and a B.A. in religious studies and the history of art at Cornell University, she is able to combine the perspectives gained in the Renaissance and Byzantine fields of study in her project on the nachleben of the Byzantine Empire. Her dissertation, “Byzantium Not Forgotten: Constructing the Artistic and Cultural Legacy of an Empire between East and West in the Early Modern Period,” is a tripartite study of the response of religious art and architecture to different modes of rulership in the Venetian, Ottoman, and Slavic domains after the fall of the Byzantine Empire. Icons, wall paintings, and the role of prints and engravings in the dissemination of Western imagery in the East are key aspects of Emily’s project, as are notions of community identity through Orthodoxy.

With experience at the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, the Benaki Museum, and the former Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Emily has been a collaborator on a number of projects and international exhibitions in Greece. 

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Current Research

Emily taught a graduate seminar on the history of the museum in the Department of Art History at Rutgers University with the sponsorship of the Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies program, and, in addition, organized a lecture series in association with her course in Spring, 2014. Her most recent side project explores the philosophical intersections of art and science from the Enlightenment to the contemporary period and the implications of developments in computer vision research on aesthetic judgment.


“Representations of the Liturgy in the Visual Arts,” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, ed. Dale C. Allison Jr., Christine Helmer, Choon-Leong Seow, et al. (De Gruyter, 2014).

“Computational Beauty: Aesthetic Judgment at the Intersection of Art and Science,” coauthored with Ahmed Elgammal, in Computer Vision: ECCV Conference Proceedings 2014 (Springer Verlag, 2014).

“The Digital Humanities Unveiled: Perceptions Held by Art Historians and Computer Scientists about Computer Vision Technology,” Web publication (Fall 2014).

“Toward a Definition of ‘Post-Byzantine’ Art: The Angleton Collection at the Princeton University Art Museum,” Record of the Princeton University Art Museum 71 (June 2014, double issue [2013–14]).

“New Acquisitions,” Princeton University Art Museum Magazine, coauthored with J. Michael Padgett (Fall 2011).

“Dimitrios Talaganis, an Exceptional Installation Artist,” in Dimitrios Talaganis, a Catalog of Works (artist publication, Fall 2006).