Talk: Exploring Byzantium Through its Art

Sussex University's Dr Helen Rufus-Ward traces the fascinating story of the Byzantine Empire, which flourished for over a thousand years, through the art of the period. 

  • When Sun 18 Feb 2018, 4.00pm–5.00pm
  • Where
    Soundings Theatre, Level 2
  • Cost Members (Friends and WeDFAS) $10, non-member $20, student $10 (includes free parking)
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Inspired by the Royal Academy’s 2008/2009 Byzantium exhibition, this talk will reveal the diverse richness of Byzantium arts through mosaics, ivory carvings, enamels, holy relics, silverware, and icons.

Along the way we'll encounter emperors, empresses, Roman matrons, virgins, and whores through a variety of art works from fourth-century buried treasure to tenth-century pornography – all with the ability to bring this colourful world back to life.

Mosaic of Emperor


Emperor Justinian (detail), 6th century mosaic, San Vitale, Ravenna.

About Dr Helen Rufus-Ward

Dr Helen Rufus-Ward is an Art Historian who has lectured and taught at the University of Sussex since 2007 on all aspects of art history, but her specialism is early Christian and Byzantine art. Her books include Late Antique and Byzantine ivory carvings and 19th century plaster cast collecting.

Presented in association with the Wellington Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

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