CBOMGS seminar: Why was there no Renaissance in Byzantine art?

Arts building, Whitting Room
Arts and Law, Research
Thursday 27th March 2014 (17:15-18:30)
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The Centre’s General Seminar normally meets in the Whitting Room (436), 4th floor, Arts Building on Thursdays at 5.15pm, unless otherwise stated and is open to all interested in the related concerns of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.


The depiction of nature in Byzantine art and literature was not mere ornament, but it was a field of conflict over the place of earthly creation in the Christian world view. This talk examines the ambivalent attitudes of the Byzantines toward nature, and argues that the Byzantine approach to the natural world prevented the kind of acceptance that was ultimately expressed by the western Renaissance.