“Byzantium and Georgian art: commonwealth or colonialism in the Caucasus?”

by Antony Eastmond, University of London

Date: 15 June 2021

Talk is delivered within Aesthetics, Art, and Architecture in the Caucasus Lecture Series
In cooperation with the George Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation

The relationship between Georgia and Byzantium is at the heart of many studies of Georgian art from the tenth to fourteenth centuries. Scholars have traced individuals, images, objects, ideas and iconographies as they have moved between the two states, particularly in the tenth to thirteenth centuries, when they grew theologically, culturally and politically closer.

Antony Eastmond is AG Leventis professor of Byzantine art history at The Courtauld, University of London. Until September last year he was also Dean and Deputy Director. He was fortunate to begin his PhD in 1989, which coincided with the fall of the Soviet Union. The political changes which opened Georgia, and the welcome he received from so many Georgians since 1990 made Georgian art the obvious choice of field to research. His studies have focused on the arts of Georgia and the eastern edges of the Christian world, and the interactions between confessions, faiths and cultures. His books have examined royal imagery in Georgia, the empire of Trebizond and the world of Tamta Mkhargrdzeli in the thirteenth century. He is now thinking more generally about the role of art in the history of Georgia. 

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