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Department of the History of Art and Archaeology

Mr Jacopo Gnisci

BA in History and Conservation of the Cultural Heritage (First) MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (Distinction)


Mr Jacopo Gnisci
Mr Jacopo Gnisci
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Thesis title:
The Passion of Christ in Ethiopian Art from the Fourteenth to the Sixteenth Century
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Ethiopian Art, History, and Religion; Theology; Iconography; Medieval and Byzantine Art; Islamic Art; Late Antiquity; Renaissance Art; Indian Art; African Art.

PhD Research

Jacopo Gnisci is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. His research focuses on the iconography of the Passion in Ethiopian Art. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of News File, the journal of the Anglo-Ethiopian Society, and of Polyvocia.

PhD Publications

  • Jacopo Gnisci, A museum on Ethiopia and on the Adventurous Life of a Missionary that Lived there for Thirty-five Years.
  • Jacopo Gnisci, Continuity And Tradition: The Prominent Role Of Cyrillian Christology In Fifteenth Century Ethiopia.
  • Jacopo Gnisci, An Ethiopian Icon from a Private Collection in Florence.
  • Jacopo Gnisci, Book Review: Osvaldo Raineri, Il Signore delle Chiavi: Scritti Etiopici sull’ Apostolo Pietro, (Roma: Orientalia Christiana, 2012), pp. 348.
  • Jacopo Gnisci, Exhibition Review: Æthiopia Porta Fidei: I Colori dell’Africa Cristiana. Vicenza, Museo Diocesano, 27 October 2012 - 24 February 2013.
  • Jacopo Gnisci, Book Review: Claude Lepage and Jacques Mercier, Lalibela: Wonder of Ethiopia: The Monolithic Churches and Their Treasures, (London: Paul Holberton Publishing), pp. 344.
  • Jacopo Gnisci, The Anglo-Ethiopian Society, Reports of Society Events: Aksum and the End of Meroë, Michael H. Zach, Lecture, 17 May 2012, SOAS.

PhD Conferences

  • 38th Annual AAH Conference (2012)
  • 9th International Conference of the History of Ethiopian Art and Architecture (2013)


  • Society for Renaissance Studies
  • Anglo-Ethiopian Society