Ancient Greek and Byzantine Art
The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture brings nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of art history and archeology to discuss new scholarship, museum exhibitions, and archaeological discoveries. Topics alternate between Ancient Greek and Byzantine art every other year.
The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture is made possible through the Dr. John and Helen Collis Family Endowment. The endowment is the first of its kind at the museum, as it presents an annual lecture dedicated to a particular art historical emphasis. Additional support for this lecture comes from the Hellenic Preservation Society (HPS) of Northeastern Ohio. HPS is a non-profit organization whose focus is to preserve the Hellenic legacy that will promote the Greek experience through education, collection and preservation. Dr. John and Helen Collis are both members of the society.
An icon recently acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art makes the best introduction to this lecture. The icon shows the Virgin and Child and can be attributed to a Cretan painter working in fifteenth-century Venetian Crete.
Theatrical performance emerged in ancient Athens from the worship of Dionysos, the god of wine and theater.
By the fourth century, Christians had begun to hold the physical remains and personal effects of their holy men and women in high regard, treating them with special reverence and expecting them to provide help with practical and spiritual problems.
For centuries, from early Christian Rome to the Renaissance, the empire of Byzantium was famed for its learning, refinement, and luxury products. This fabled classically based Christian civilization was the envy of the Latin West.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Sunday, October 22, 2006
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Sunday, April 18, 2004