B.A., SUNY Fredonia, 1995
Assistant Professor, Medieval Art
Eric Ramírez-Weaver studies the theological, philosophical, and scientific ideas that informed the creative decisions of artists living in eastern and western medieval cultures from the third to fifteenth centuries. His recent and forthcoming publications explore the intersection of art and science displayed by astronomical and philosophical illuminated manuscripts. His primary research interests include Carolingian manuscript illumination and late-Gothic painting at the Bohemian court in Prague, although he has also published work on Cistercian stained glass. His dissertation (2008) examined the complex ways that ninth-century, Carolingian prelates adopted, adapted, and relied upon the pagan images of the constellations for their study of the liberal art of astronomy in the Frankish lands. A related essay, “Classical constellations in Carolingian codices: investigating the celestial imagery of Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS 3307,” appeared in an anthology from Ashgate, Negotiating Secular and Sacred in Medieval Art: Christian, Islamic, and Buddhist. An essay representative of his interests in the history of diagrams and Bohemian manuscript illumination at the court of Wenceslas IV, “William of Conches, Philosophical Continuous Narration, and the Limited Worlds of Medieval Diagrams,” was published in Studies in Iconography, volume 30. In addition, Mr. Ramírez-Weaver has participated in a number of museum exhibitions. Most importantly, he contributed to the catalogue for an exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Prague, The Crown of Bohemia, 1347–1437, for which he was co-author with Gerhard Schmidt of “Wenceslas IV’s Books and their Illuminators.” In a comprehensive bibliographic article, “Carolingian Manuscript Illumination,” Mr. Ramírez-Weaver surveyed the literature on the topic for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Medieval Studies.
Mr. Ramírez-Weaver teaches courses on the social, intellectual, and cultural history of the middle ages. Examples of recent lecture courses include more general surveys, such as “Early Medieval Art,” “History of Art I,” or “Romanesque and Gothic Art,” and a thematic course on “Art and Science in the Middle Ages.” Recent graduate and undergraduate seminars likewise reflect his personal research interests: “Art and Science for the Medieval People of the Book,” “Astronomy, Astrology, Alchemy, Magic, and Medieval Mysticism,” “Early Medieval Manuscript Illumination,” “Gender and Medieval Art,” “Paris and Prague: Twilight of the Middle Ages,” and “Theory and Interpretation in the Visual Arts.”
McIntire Department of Art