Heaven and Earth: Tales of Byzantium from Greece, with Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports) and Anastasia Drandaki (Benaki Museum)
Join Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki, Director General of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, and Anastasia Drandaki, curator of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine collections at the Benaki Museum, for a closer look at the masterpieces on view in the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections.
Learn about the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the Byzantine Empire in Greece in Maria's presentation "Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Sites, Monuments, and Museums in Greece" highlighting art and architecture as well as recently discovered objects from archaeological excavations. Anastasia gives a behind-the-scenes look at the works of art on view in the exhibition, including stunning mosaics, icons, jewelry, and metalwork, which reveal a brilliant empire, from its pagan origins to its emergence as a spiritual Christian society.
Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki is General Director of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage at the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports in Athens, a post she has held since 2011. She has served as director of the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities in West Crete and director of the Archaeological Museum and Ephorate of Herakleion, Crete. Her research interests include Crete during the Minoan and Geometric periods, with an emphasis on the regions of Khania and Rethymnon, where she has conducted numerous archaeological excavations. Dr. Andreakaki-Vlazaki is president of the National Advisory Committee of the Hague Convention, concerning the protection of cultural property, and is a member of the Hellenic National Committee of UNESCO, the Special Advisory Committee of the Parthenon Marbles, and the National Committee for the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Anastasia Drandaki is curator of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine collections at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece, and a 2013-2014 member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. She has curated or co-curated exhibitions on diverse aspects of Byzantine art and culture including The Origins of El Greco for the Onassis Cultural Center in New York (2009-2010) and Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections (2013-2014). Her primary research interests are late antique and medieval metalwork, icons, and the collections and history of Saint Catherine's Monastery at Sinai. Her books include Greek Icons: 14th-18th Century, the Rena Andreadis Collection (Milan 2002) and Late Antique Metalware: The Production of Copper Alloy Vessels in the Fourth to Eighth Century, the Benaki Museum Collection and Related Material (Athens 2014).
The event is free, but a ticket is required.