The Arts of the Byzantine Empire
- Where:Seminar Room One, Sackler Centre
8 WEEK SHORT COURSE: Discover more about the Byzantine Empire, ruled from its capital, Constantinople (present day Istanbul) for over a thousand years, from its foundation by the Emperor Constantine in 330, until its fall to the Ottomans in 1453.
This course will explore the luxury arts for which Byzantine craftsmen were justly famed throughout the Middle Ages: ivories, enamels and metalwork, illuminated manuscripts, silks, icons and mosaics. The course will focus on material from the 9th to 14th centuries. Each morning will consist of an hour long lecture, followed by two 30 minute sessions in the Medieval Galleries, focusing on objects in the V&A’s Collection. Objects will be discussed in their historical context, and issues such as patronage and iconography will be examined.
Course Leader: Dr Sally Dormer
8 weeks, Wednesdays, 15 January – 19 March 2014
(Half Term: 12 & 19 February), 10.30–13.00
£270, £230 concessions
Book online or by calling 020 7942 2211