Inhabited Architecture: A Pervasive Motif in Medieval Art and Modern Theory

Ivory Panel Showing Translation of a Relic. Cathedral Treasury, Trier

Date: Sep 29, 2014 Time: 6:15 PM–7:45 PM Location: Harvard Faculty Club Address: 20 Quincy Street Cambridge, MA 02138

Dr. Anthony Cutler, Pennsylvania State University, explores the meaning of peripheral figures in Late Antique, Byzantine, and Western Medieval art.

Little scholarly attention is paid to peripheral figures in Late Antique, Byzantine and Western Medieval larger contexts, even though they are perennial and raise theoretical questions regarding the way in which they should be read. Their diversity challenges the understanding that they possess a single, shared significance. How then in the face of this variety should their presence be apprehended?

Sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, and the International Center of Medieval Art.

Dr. Cutler’s lecture is presented as part of the ICMA's Forsyth Lectureship on Medieval Art. A multi-venue lecture, The Forsyth Lectureship on Medieval Art was established in memory of medievalists George H. Forsyth, Jr. (Professor of Fine Arts and Director of the Kelsey Museum of Ancient and Medieval Archaeology at the University of Michigan) and William H. Forsyth (Curator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art). Visit to join and support The International Center of Medieval Art and its mission to promote and encourage the study, understanding, and appreciation of the visual arts of the Middle Ages.