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Late Antique and Byzantine Seminar Series by Angeliki Lymberopoulou at KCL

CENTRE FOR HELLENIC STUDIES, KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

LATE ANTIQUE AND BYZANTINE SEMINAR SERIES

ASSOCIATIVE ICONOGRAPHY IN BYZANTINE ART: TWO FOR THE SPACE OF ONE?

Tuesday 5 December 2017, 17:30
Small Committee Room (K0.31) Strand Campus
with ANGELIKI LYMBEROPOULOU

Byzantine iconography always presents new challenges that invite its examination from different perspectives. This is a work-in-progress in its infancy that moves away from sterile and rigid notions of symbolism; instead, it aims at identifying possible patterns with which Byzantine artists perhaps tested the viewers’ knowledge of the Gospel narrative by prompting them to think ahead and beyond the image with which they were confronted. This paper will explore this hypothesis by presenting examples outside the vita icons or iconography scenes with embedded  narrative (e.g. Nativity scenes that incorporate the Journey of the Magi in the background) and will try to assess the need for their existence.
Angeliki Lymberopoulou is Senior Lecturer in Byzantine Art and Culture at The Open University. Her research interests lie in late and post-Byzantine artistic production, patronage and its socio-economic circumstances with a focus on Venetian Crete (1211-1669). She is currently finishing a Leverhulme funded Networks project, which has brought together an international group of ten scholars  examining the depictions of Hell in the wider Mediterranean (13th-17th century).

This event is open to all and free to attend. No booking is required.

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