Emily L. Spratt

Graduate Student

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.

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.