Jesse Feiman

Jesse Feiman is a PhD candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art. His research examines the intersections of economics, politics and scholarship in the production of printed images. His dissertation, “History, Politics, and Taxonomy in Habsburg Vienna: Adam von Bartsch (1757-1821) and the Natural History of Art,” analyzes the impact of imperial patronage and natural science on the historiography of old master prints. With an interest in ontology and epistemology, this study explores the formation of oeuvres, schools, and other categories of classification as they relate to the production of historical knowledge. Jesse has written on the materiality of woodblocks and etchings plates, as well as on the history of color theory.

Jesse earned a BA in Art History from Wesleyan University and a MA in Art History from Williams College. He has received funding from the New York Public Library, the International Fine Print Dealers Association, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He was awarded a 2017-18 Fulbright-Mach grant to conduct archival research in Vienna.