Images and Their Power in Byzantium





The exhibition is made possible by:


                                       Samuel H. Kress Foundation,

                                             New York, New York

                                       Prince George’s Arts Council

Maryland Humanities Council




Additional support has been provided by:


                                      The Embassy of The Republic of Serbia

                                                             Washington, D.C.

                                      Private donations





(This will be the first exhibition of Byzantine fresco replicas at Prince George's Community College and in the Washington DC area.) 



Dates:              January 16- April 3, 2007

Reception:       Friday, February 9: 6:00-9:00 pm

Snow Date:      Friday, February 16, 6:00-9:00 pm

                          Exhibition closes at noon on the final day.


Concert:         Byzantine Music.

                          March 22 - 7:30 – 9:00 pm., Marlboro Gallery, PGCC.

                          Saint Sophia Cathedral Choir of Byzantine Music

                          (sponsored by Prince George’s Arts Council, MD.)



A fresco replicas exhibition of Byzantine Art from the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery collection,  the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Photograph and Fieldwork Archives collection, and private collections, accompanied by Byzantine choral music and lectures on Byzantine Art. 


The project entitled "Images and Their Power in Byzantium," is a multi-cultural event that has three components: (1) Fresco Replicas Exhibition; (2) Lecture Series; (3) Concert of Byzantine Music.  


Museum quality Byzantine fresco replicas, selected for this exhibition, date from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. They represent the best surviving examples of monumental wall painting of that period. The frescoes are from the Cathedral of St. Sophia (1050), Ochrid, Macedonia; the monastery churches of Nerezi (1164), Macedonia; Studenica (1209), Sopocani (1265), and Kalenic (1418), all in Serbia; from the Serbian monastery of Gracanica (1321), in Kosovo and from the Parecclesion of the Kariye Cammi (fourteenth-century Chora monastery) in Istanbul, Turkey. The replicas are full-scale frescoes (achieved by distinguished - internationally recognized artists and conservators Zdenka Zivkovic and Philip Compton). 


This exhibition is significant because it represents an expanded presentation of the masterpieces of Byzantine monumental wall painting, little known to the general public. The exhibition will promote a greater understanding of the context for which these works were created and will inform the public about faith, life and culture in the Byzantine era. 








< span style="font-family: Arial; font-weight: 700">The Lecture Series was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Place:   Rennie Forum

               Largo Student Center


Time:    Mondays: 4:00–5:00 pm

              January - April 2007



Monday, January 29


Slobodan Curcic: “Patronage, Power, and Style in Architecture of the Late Byzantine Balkans.”

This lecture will discuss how patronage and politics of the powerful patrons shaped the architecture and influenced the style.

Monday, February 5 



Annemarie Weyl Carr: ”Icons: Living with Holy Images in Byzantium.” 

This lecture will discuss the role of the icons – holy images, beyond the church, and will explain their significance in the everyday life in Byzantium.

Monday, February 12  


Natalia Teteriatnikov: “Byzantine Frescoes: Why Do We Need Their Replicas?”

This lecture will explain the importance of fresco-replicas in the process of studying art.

Monday, February 26



Ida Sinkevic: “The Art of Theology, the Theology of Art in a Byzantine’s Aristocrat’s Chapel.”

This lecture will explore how theology influenced the choice of the image program in Byzantine Aristocrat’s Chapel, and how the hidden information has been visually codified for the worshiper.

Monday, March 5   


Ljubica Popovich: “Eloquent Silence: Body Language and Written Words in Byzantine Painting as Visual Means of Engaging the Beholder.”

This lecture will explain the meaning of the figure- gestures in Byzantine wall painting and their messages to the worshiper.

 Monday, March 12  


Henry Maguire: “Rhetoric and Reality in the Art of the Kariye Camii.”

This lecture will explore the Christian rhetoric and its influence on the narrative program and iconography of the Byzantine church.

Monday, March 19   


Robert Ousterhout: “Icons in Space: The Art of the Kariye Camii.”

This lecture will discuss how architecture may become a spatial image with religious connotations.

Monday, March 26



Svetlana Popovic: “Byzantine Monastery and Its Built Environment.”

This lecture will analyze the built environment of the Byzantine monastery and symbolic meaning of its planning objectives and of its architecture.