The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture at Hellenic College Holy Cross will host a lecture on “Imperial Self-presentation and the Byzantine Oikoumene.” Ioli Kalavrezou brings focus on the arts of the empire of Byzantium with a special interest on such topics as ivory and steatite carving, the private icon, imperial art, manuscript illumination, and the use of symbols and relics in the hands of the empire. The lecture will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
The lecture will be held in the Reading Room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library & Learning Resource Center at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology located at 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA, 02445. Free Parking available on campus.
Ioli Kalavrezou is the Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Early Christian and Byzantine Art History at Harvard University. She has also held professorships at UCLA and the University of Munich. Several of her studies concern the cult of the Virgin Mary and the everyday world of the Byzantines, especially women. Her more recent book, Byzantine Women and their World, published in 2003 accompanied an exhibition with the same title.
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture was established through a generous gift from the Jaharis Family Foundation and serves as a premier international research center for the promotion of Byzantine art and culture. The Center hosts a series of academic programs including seminars, conferences, visiting scholars, special events and arts programs. Based at Hellenic College Holy Cross, the Center will enhance the educational, cultural and academic environment for scholars, faculty and students.
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