Yale Lectures in Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture

August 8, 2023

Each year, the Institute of Sacred Music offers a series of Zoom lectures focusing on late antique and Byzantine art and architecture. In the 2023-24 academic year, seven lectures will cover a range of subjects from the glass mosaics of Byzantium, to women’s health, riverscapes, and eleventh century miniatures.

The Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Architecture lecture series at Yale is offered in collaboration with the Yale departments of Classics and the History of Art and is organized by Robert S. Nelson, the Robert Lehman Professor in the History of Art at Yale, and Vasileios Marinis, professor of Christian Art and Architecture at the ISM and Yale Divinity School.

Zoom lectures begin at 12 noon eastern time. Registration is required. You can register at any time to join a lecture. Your registration is valid for the whole series and you can attend as many as you like.  You will automatically receive reminders for the lectures.

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October 13

“Fiery Light” of Majesty: Glass Mosaic and the Aesthetic of Silk in Byzantium

Henry Maguire, Johns Hopkins University
Respondent: Gudrun Buehl, Independent Scholar

November 10

Christ Against the Idols: Gospel Iconography and Idolatry in Byzantine Art

Giovanni Gasbarri, researcher, Sapienza University of Rome
Respondent: Paroma Chatterjee, professor and chair of the department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

December 8

Riverscapes in the Eastern Mediterranean: Lifelines of Byzantium

Alkiviadis Ginalis, German Archaeological Institute, Istanbul
Respondent: Luca Zavagno, Bilkent University

January 12

How to legitimize a capital: Troy – Rome – Constantinople

Albrecht Berger, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Respondent:   Paul Magdalino, University of St Andrews

February 9

Images as Witnesses to Oral-Performative Traditions: The Case of the Synagogue at Dura Europos (mid-3rd cent.)

Barbara Crostini
Respondent: Steven Fine, Yeshiva University

March 8

Revelation through Concealment: Seeing the Eucharist with Eyes of Faith 

Warren Woodfin, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
Respondent: Nina Glibetić, University of Notre Dame

April 12

At Home with Hestia: Women, Wealth, and the Late Antique Household      

Elizabeth Williams, Dumbarton Oaks
Respondent: Jennifer L. Ball, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Image: Solidus of Emperor Herakleios, Constantinople, 7th century, Yale University Art Gallery