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Lecture: Tradition Transformed—Late Roman and Byzantine Art

February 21, 2013
Morton Auditorium
Free with museum admission

This lecture uses the masterpieces on display in Late Roman and Early Byzantine Art from the British Museum to trace the profound shift in artistic style between 350 A.D. and 700, as Greco-Roman naturalism gave way to a more abstract, more spiritually charged Byzantine aesthetic.

Christina Nielsen is the Assistant Curator for Late Antique, Early Christian, and Byzantine Art in the Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in medieval art history from the University of Chicago. Prior to starting at the Art Institute as an Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in 2003, Christina taught courses in Late Antique, Byzantine Art, and Medieval Art at the University of Chicago, UCLA, and UC-Santa Barbara. She also held fellowships at the British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. During her time at the Art Institute, she has curated the exhibition Devotion and Splendor: Medieval Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, and served as editor of the accompanying catalogue. She was also a member of the curatorial team for The Silk Road and Beyond: Travel, Trade, and Transformation; Caravaggio and the Supper at Emmaus; and Highlights of the Permanent Collection of Arms and Armor. Most recently, she worked on the Byzantine Galleries in the new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art, and curated the exhibition, Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum.

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Roman. Diptych Leaf with an Apotheosis, 402 A. D. Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum.