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Constantinople Symposium

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Heaven and Earth: Perspectives on Greece's Byzantium

Friday, May 2, 2014 - Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades
Saturday, May 3, 2014 - UCLA at the Huffington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles

Archangel Michael

Presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Time: Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., followed by reception. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Friday, Getty Villa, Auditorium. Saturday, Huffington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral, 1324 S. Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, 90006



Man of Sorros
Man of Sorrows, Byzantine, from Greece, fourth quarter of 12th century. Tempera on wood. Image courtesy of the Byzantine Museum, Kastoria, no. 457

Focusing on the artistic legacy of Byzantine culture in Greece, this two-day symposium foregrounds the important role of this region throughout late antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern period and addresses themes from the exhibitionHeaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections on view April 9 through August 25, 2014 at the Getty Villa. 


Friday, May 2, 2014, Getty Villa

Demetra Bakirtzis, The Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia, Cyprus
Jas' Elsner, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Mary Louise Hart, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Ioli Kalavrezou, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Anthony Kaldellis, Ohio State University, Columbus
Henry Maguire, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Elizabeth Marlowe, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York
Maria Parani, University of Cyprus, Nicosia

Saturday, May 3, 2014, Huffington Center, St. Sophia Cathedral

Patricia Brown, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey
Annemarie Weyl Carr, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
Father Maximos Constas, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, Brookline, Massachusetts
Anastasia Drandaki, Institute for Advanced Study-Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
Barbara Drucker, University of California, Los Angeles
Sharon Gerstel, University of California, Los Angeles
Maria Georgopoulou, Gennadius Library, Athens, Greece
Euagenia Gerousi, Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, Greece
Michalis Kappas, 26th Ephoreia of Byzantine Antiquities, Kalamata, Greece
Sean Roberts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
David Schaberg, University of California, Los Angeles
Alicia Walker, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Download the schedule - updated April 29, 2014 (PDF, 3 pp, 136 KB) 

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Related event at The Getty Villa
Keynote lecture:
 Collecting and Displaying Byzantine Art in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Periods
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Auditorium, The Getty Villa



Saint George
Icon of St. George in relief, Byzantine, from Arta, Greece, 13th century. Tempera on wood, gold leaf. Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, no. 1108

In the Middle Ages, Byzantine objects served purposes that ranged from utilitarian to devotional. Renaissance collectors displayed Byzantine works to suggest their high artistic value, but the full appreciation of the artifacts in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collectionsdepends upon the Modernist revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries. Art historian Robert S. Nelson of Yale University discusses how Byzantine collections evolved during these periods. 

Planning your visit
The Auditorium at the Getty Villa opens at 7:00 p.m. and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the CafĂ© until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture. 

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Related event at The Getty Center
 Between East and West: Artistic Crossroads in the Medieval Mediterranean
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall, The Getty Center
Admission: Free; reservations recommended. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below. 
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Saint John gospel book
Saint John (detail), gospel book, Byzantium (Serres), 1418. Courtesy of the National Library of Greece, Athens

During the Middle Ages, the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea were sites of interaction and exchange between many cultures and artistic traditions. Justine Andrews, associate professor of art history at the University of New Mexico, examines the relationships between Byzantium and its eastern and western neighbors, and the effects of trade, political alliances, and the Crusades on painting and architecture--highlighting the arts of Cyprus. 

This program complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroadson view March 25 through June 22, 2014 at the Getty Center. 

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Banner image: Archangel Michael (detail), Byzantine, from Constantinople, first half of the 14th century. Tempera on wood, gold leaf. Image courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, gift of a Greek of Istanbul, 1958. 


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