ICMA AT The Courtauld Lecture Series 2013-14

Patriarchal Lectionaries of Constantinople

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

17.30, Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre

evangelist John at a scriptorium
Miniature of the evangelist John in the Jaharis Lectionary.  Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase, Mary and Michael Jaharis Gift and Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 2007 (2007.286)

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Nelson (Robert Lehman Professor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University)

Ticket/entry details: Open to all, free admission

Organised by: Dr Joanna Cannon

The Greek Gospel lectionary, containing those passages read during the liturgy and arranged according to the church calendar, has long been of interest to art historians. Earlier attempts to study it did not produce lasting results until the basic text of these manuscripts began to be explored. That research has gathered momentum in recent years, thanks especially to the work of Professor John Lowden, and has coalesced around the concept of the Patriarchal lectionary, created for the use of Hagia Sophia during the eleventh century. This lecture will look further into history of that lectionary before, during, and after this period.

Robert Nelson
studies and teaches medieval art, mainly in the Eastern Mediterranean. He was the co-curator of Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai at the J. Paul Getty Museum in 2006-2007. His book, Hagia Sophia, 1850-1950, 2004, asks how the cathedral of Constantinople, once ignored or despised, came to be regarded as one of the great monuments of world architecture. Current projects involve the history of the Greek lectionary, illuminated Greek manuscripts in Byzantium and their reception in Renaissance Italy, and the collecting of Byzantine art in twentieth-century Europe and America. The last involves the publication of the letters between Royall Tyler and Robert and Mildred Bliss, the founders of Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., which has just begun to be published online: http://www.doaks.org/resources/bliss-tyler-correspondence


This lecture is presented by The Courtauld Institute of Art in association with the International Center of Medieval Art, New York, and with the support of The Courtauld Institute of Art's Research Forum. The International Center of Medieval Art promotes the study of medieval art and culture. Its worldwide membership includes academics, museum professionals, students, and other enthusiasts. The lecture series 'ICMA at The Courtauld' is made possible through the generosity of Dr. William M. Voelkle.

The lecture will be followed by a reception sponsored by Sam Fogg.

ICMA publishes a scholarly journal Gesta, a newsletter, supports a website, and sponsors lectures and conference sessions.  email: ICMA@medievalart.org  and web: http://www.medievalart.org .

Annual membership application forms for ICMA will be available at the lecture: Students $20 Others  (non-US) $70

Local arrangements:  Dr Joanna Cannon, The Courtauld Institute of Art, joanna.cannon@courtauld.ac.uk

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