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.


The Hellenic Preservation Society of Northeastern Ohio
Sunday, September 30, 2012, 2:00 pm

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.

Maria Vassilaki, Professor in the History of Byzantine Art at the University of Thessaly, Greece; Scientific Advisor to the Benaki Museum, Athens
Sunday, September 25, 2011, 2:00 pm

Theatrical performance emerged in ancient Athens from the worship of Dionysos, the god of wine and theater.

Mary Louise Hart, Associate Curator of Antiquities, J. Paul Getty Museum
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 2:00 pm

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.

Derek Krueger, Professor of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:00 pm

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.

Robin Cormack, professor emeritus in the History of Art at the University of London
Sunday, October 5, 2008, 2:00 pm
Carol C. Mattusch, Mathy Professor of Art History, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Robert S. Nelson, Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art at Yale University 

Sunday, October 22, 2006

David Gordon Mitten, James Loeb Professor of Classical Archaeology, Department of the Classics and George M.A. Hanfmann Curator of Ancient and Byzantine Art Emeritus, Harvard University

Sunday, April 10, 2005 

Helen C. Evans, Curator for Byzantine Art, the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Dr. Carlos A. Picón, Curator in Charge, Department of Greek and Roman Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art