Research Forum autumn Term 2010
georgia's wall painting heritage: significance and preservation
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
18.00 - 19.00, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Detail of angel in the Dream of Joseph (late 11th century), Ateni Sioni Church, Georgia
Speaker(s): Professor David Park (Director of Wall Painting Department, The Courtauld Institute of Art)
Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission
Organised by: Professor David Park
From the wide expanses of the Gareja Desert in the south to the northern peaks of Svaneti in the High Caucasus, Georgia retains a vast amount of wall painting, with spectacular examples especially from the 11th to 14th centuries. Until now, these paintings have not been fully appreciated outside Georgia itself, but recent developments present exciting possibilities for their study and conservation.
This illustrated lecture will discuss the art-historical and conservation aspects of Georgian wall paintings, and celebrate the collaboration between the different bodies and individuals – the authorities in Georgia, the British Georgian Society, the Friends of Academic Research in Georgia and an anonymous US donor – which has enabled a student from Tbilisi to study wall painting conservation at The Courtauld over the next three years.
The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Front Hall generously sponsored by the Embassy of Georgia to the UK and will be attended by the Ambassador of Georgia H.E. Mr Giorgi Badridze.