Angeliki Lymberopoulou joined the Open University in April 2004 from the National Gallery in London, where she worked across the collections as a Dossiers Assistant. She has also taught Modern Greek language and culture at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and Byzantine art and architecture at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on Venetian Crete (1211-1669), particularly the artistic production (i.e. icons and wall paintings), the demand (i.e. market), its social context (i.e. the artists and their hybrid clientele), and the cross-cultural influences between Byzantine East and (mainly Italian) West. She also examines late – Palaiologan – Byzantine art (1261-1453) produced in the major artistic centres during the last phase of the empire – Constantinople, Thessaloniki and Mystras.
Her current research interests include the heritage of Byzantine art in the Renaissance period. Furthermore, with Prof. Dr Vasiliki Tsamakda, she co-managed the Leverhulme funded International Networks project examining the representations of hell on Cretan wall paintings from the thirteenth to seventeenth centuries. This project involved a team of nine scholars. A two-volume publication by Cambridge University Press is forthcoming (expected date of publication 2020). A pioneering database, currently under construction and expected to go live in January 2020, will offer access to all the material that has been gathered over the course of this project, the plethora of which are currently not available for research and other purposes.
Research proposals from students interested in all aspects of artistic production within Byzantine art and culture are welcome. See the Byzantine Research Group website for further details.
The Church of the Archangel Michael at Kavalariana: Art and Society on Fourteenth-Century Venetian-dominated Crete, Pindar Press, London 2006.
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(ed.), Cross-Cultural Interaction Between Byzantium and the West, 1204-1669. Whose Mediterranean is it Anyway?, Routledge, London and New York, 2018.
with R. Duits (eds), Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe, Farnham, 2013
with P. Bracewell-Homer and J. Robinson (eds), Art & Visual Culture A Reader, Tate Publishing in Association with the Open University, London, 2012
(ed.), Images of the Byzantine World: Visions, Messages and Meanings. Studies presented to Leslie Brubaker, Farnham, 2011
Viewing Renaissance Art, K.W. Woods, C.M. Richardson and A. Lymberopoulou (eds), Yale University Press in Association with the Open University, 2007.
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‘Palaiologan Art from regional Crete: artistic decline or social progress?’ in A. Mattiello and M. A. Rossi (eds), Late Byzantium Reconsidered. The Arts of the Palaiologan Era in the Mediterranean, Routledge, London and New York , 2019, pp. 132-155
‘Sight and the Byzantine Icon’, in G. Harvey and J. Hughes (eds), Sensual Religion: Religion and the Five Senses, Sheffield, 2018, pp. 109-130
‘”To the Holy Land and back again”: the art of the Crusades’, in K.W. Woods (ed.), Art and Visual Culture 1100-1600. Medieval to Renaissance, London, 2012, pp. 128-168
‘From Candia to Toledo: El Greco and his art’, in K.W. Woods (ed.), Art and Visual Culture 1100-1600. Medieval to Renaissance, London, 2012, pp. 282-325
‘Late and Post-Byzantine art under Venetian Rule: Frescoes versus Icons and Crete in the middle', in L. James (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Byzantium, Oxford, 2010, 351-370.
‘Fourteenth-century Regional Cretan Church Decoration: the Case of the Painter Pagomenos and his Clientele’, in P.L. Grotowski and S. Skrzyniarz (eds), Towards Rewriting? New Approaches to Byzantine Art and Archaeology, Warsaw, 2010, pp. 159-175
‘The Painter Angelos and Post-Byzantine’, in C.M. Richardson (ed.), Locating Renaissance Art, Yale University Press in association with the Open University, 2007, 174-210.
‘ “Pro anima mea”, but do not touch my icons: Provisions for private icons in wills from Venetian-dominated Crete’, in D. Stathakopoulos (ed.), The Kindness of Strangers. Charity in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, Occasional Publications, 2007, 71-89.
‘“Fish on a Dish” and its Table Companions in Fourteenth-Century Wall Paintings on Venetian-dominated Crete’, in L. Brubaker and K. Linardou (eds), Eat, drink, and be merry (Luke 12:19). Food and Wine in Byzantium. Papers of the 37th Annual Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies in Honour of Professor A.A.M. Bryer, Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies, Publications 13, Ashgate, Variorum, Aldershot, 2007, pp. 223-232.
‘The Madre della Consolazione icon in the British Museum: Post-Byzantine Painting, Painters and Society on Crete’, Jahrbuch der Ősterreichischen Byzantinistik, 53, 2003, 239-255.
‘A Winged Saint John the Baptist in the British Museum’, Apollo, CLVIII, 50, November 2003, 19-24.
(ed.), Hell in the Byzantine World: A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean Volume 1 Essays, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, expected date of publication 2020
with R. Duits, Hell in the Byzantine World: A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean Volume 2 A Catalogue of the Cretan Material, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, expected date of publication 2020
‘…κέ παντός του λαου τοῡ χορίου τ(ης) Μάζας…: Communal Church Decoration from Rural Venetian Crete’, in R. Duits (ed.), The Art of the Poor, I.B. Tauris, London, expected date of publication 2020
Teaching contributions for the Open University include AA315 Renaissance Art Reconsidered, looking at post-Byzantine art and audiences for Cretan icons; A226 Art and Visual Culture 1100-1600, looking at Crusader art and the work of El Greco; and the new MA in art history.
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