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Lecture: The Byzantine Art Treasures of Orthodox Monasteries from Mount Sinai to Meteora to the Holy Mount Athos and Beyond

May 23, 2013
6:00PM7:00PM
Morton Auditorium
Free with museum admission; registration not required

The lecture will lead the audience on a dazzling visual journey to a number of Greek Orthodox monasteries, which were established during the Byzantine Empire (ca. 330-1453), and which are the current repositories of some of the most glorious works of art from that civilization. Still active today, a number of these venerable sites and the art employed therein evoke the mysticism and spirituality of an earlier time that can still satisfy the universal human quest for transcendence.

Dimitri Liakos is professor emeritus of art history and archaeology, Northern Illinois University. A specialist in ancient Greek and Roman art, Professor Liakos has published numerous articles, presented lectures in the United States and abroad, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. He is currently serving as co-president of the Classical Art Society.


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Byzantine, from the Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, Egypt. Apse Mosaic with The Transfiguration (detail), 549-64 A.D. ©ARTstor.