This three-lecture course explores the art and architecture of the middle-to-late Byzantine Empire in both the East and West. We examine the symbolism of the architectural forms especially the centrally planned domed church and baptistery; the significance of numbers and geometry; the meaning of imagery in mosaic decoration; the importance of metalwork liturgical objects, and the significance of art and text in illuminated manuscripts. In Italy we explore the mosaics of Ravenna, Venice and Torcello (Italy), Monreale and Palermo (Sicily); and in Greece, the hauntingly beautiful monastic complexes of Daphne, Hosias Lucas, and Mystras in mainland Greece, and Neo Moni (Chios); In the Turkey, Constantinople, the final blooming of Byzantine art in the Chora Monastery at Kariye Djami.
Presented by Dr Ursula Betka
Dr. Ursula Betka is an art historian and writer who specialises in the early to late Medieval periods of Art History in Europe and the Levant. Ursula teaches Art History at La Trobe University and the CAE. Her research and publications focus on Italian panel painting, manuscript illumination and devotional practices of lay confraternities in the regions of Tuscany and Umbria. Ursula is also a practicing artist and iconographer who regularly exhibits her work. Her work was featured on the 2018 Christmas stamp series.