Dr. Jennifer M. Feltman, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture at The University of Alabama, is a specialist in gothic sculpture with research interests in the reuse and adaptation of sculpture, medieval eschatology in visual art, the education of the clergy in the thirteenth century, and the relation of practices of memory and visual exegesis in the creation of sculptural programs.
She received her PhD with distinction in the History and Criticism of Art from The Florida State University (2011). She is editor of and contributor to the volume, The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs (Routledge, 2016). This interdisciplinary volume brings into dialog the latest French and American scholarship on the north transept's archaeology, architecture, sculpture, and stained glass. She is co-editor of The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture, (Routledge, 2019). In addition to modern reception of medieval art and architecture, the essays in this book consider subjects such as the prehistories of sites, the enduring essence of works, restoration campaigns, and the narration of works in museum and digital contexts.
With support from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), she is currently completing a book-length study of thirteenth-century sculptural programs of the Last Judgment. The book illuminates the ways in which Parisian moral theology was disseminated through clerical networks across the dioceses of France and made visible in sculptural programs at the cathedrals of Chartres, Paris, Reims, and Amiens. The companion website can be accessed under the Last Judgment tab on this page.
Dr. Feltman enjoys introducing students to the history of art and encouraging them to think deeply about the ways in which works of art and architecture from the past continue to shape our world today. Her research and teaching have been supported by the NEH, the Kress Foundation, the Medieval Academy of America, the International Center for Medieval Art, and the Association Villard de Honnecourt for the Interdisciplinary Study of Technology, Science, and Art (AVISTA).
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