Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

"Architectural symbolism in the figural arts of the Late Roman and Early Byzantine era (ca. 200-600)"

Thu, February 17, 2011 | DFA 2.204

5:00 PM

"Architectural symbolism in the figural arts of the Late Roman and Early Byzantine era (ca. 200-600)"
Cecilia Olovsdotter (Swedish Research Institute, İstanbul)

Architectural motifs such as arches, portals, aedicules, and fastiga constitute some of the most frequently and visually prominent features of Late Roman and Early Byazntine Art. Forming part of Roman commemorative tradition from the earliest times, they chiefly appear in works celebrating events of a transitory or cyclic character in the lives of individuals and of the state, such as betrothals, deaths, victories, official and imperial accessions, and anniversaries. Along with a range of transcendence symbols with which they are regularly combined, the archicectural motifs become systematically employed as tools for dignifying, immortalising, and "apotheosising" subject matter in the figural arts of the late antique period. Structural analyses of their thematic correlations, application patterns, intercontextual migrations and Christian adaptations may reveal the mechanisms and purposes—historical, religious, social—behind their intensified use, and behind the symbolisation of art in general, in this transformative last phase of the Roman empire.

Note that location has changed. This lecture will now be held in DFA 2.204

 

 

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