2020–2022 Postdoctoral Fellow,
PhD in History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Ruth Ezra received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University. She specializes in the art of northern Europe, 1400-1700, with a particular focus on sculpture produced in the German-speaking lands. A secondary interest is the history, philosophy, and visualization of early modern science, a field in which she earned an MPhil at the University of Cambridge.
Her current book project considers sculpture in c. 1500 Nuremberg from a “practitioner’s stance,” offering a corrective to a “period eye” that assumes a non-expert viewer. The study also departs from the scholarly tendency to silo southern German carvers by signature style or material specialization; it seeks instead to demonstrate how inter-subjective and inter-medial the development of sculptural solutions to sculptural problems was, focusing on exchanges operating outside of traditional master-apprentice relationships. Research for this project has been funded by the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the Henry Moore Institute, Villa I Tatti, and the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, where Ruth recently held the Panofsky Fellowship.