Mosaics of Thessaloniki Revisited

Mosaics of Thessaloniki Revisited, The Courtauld Institute of Art, May 30, 2014

The mosaics of Thessaloniki provide the most comprehensive ensemble of Byzantine mosaics in the world, with examples from late antiquity right through to the fourteenth century. They present remarkable testimony to the skills of artists throughout the Byzantine millennium, and give insights into many aspects of Byzantine society and belief. They also document the changing concerns of the city and its relationship with the earthly and divine worlds. The publication of The Mosaics of Thessaloniki, 4th-14th century (Athens: Kapon editions, 2012), edited by C. Bakirtzis, E. Kourkoutidou-Nikolaidou and Ch. Mavropoulou-Tsiumi, has provided an exemplary documentation of the mosaics in the city, with photographs of exceptional quality. In the light of this book as well as the growing quantity of recent work on the mosaics this workshop will look once more at the issues and controversies surrounding the mosaics, especially their dating, contexts and meanings, but also to look at new ways forward in the study of this extraordinary group of monuments. The day includes papers which examine all the major mosaic monuments in the city, but there will be extensive time for discussion so that the controversies and relationships between them can all be discussed.


The Mosaics of Thessaloniki: The State of Research
Beat Brenk
Considerations on the Chronology of the Rotunda Mosaics
Hjalmar Torp
The Mosaics of Saint Demetrios Basilica: Iconographical Issues
Charalambos Bakirtzis
After Iconoclasm—Forwards or Backwards?
Robin Cormack
The Mosaics of the Church of the Holy Apostles: Byzantine Mosaics in the Fourteenth Century
Liz James
Representing the First-Century Thessalonians: Early Christian Commentaries on the Pauline Epistles and the Acts of the Apostles
Laura Nasrallah
Colour, Light and Luminosity in the Rotunda Mosaics
Bente Kiilerich
Peacocks, Rainbows and Handsome Men: Perceiving Physical Beauty in the Early Byzantine Mosaics of Thessaloniki
Myrto Hatzaki

Complete program and abstracts available.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 in Conferences & Symposia



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