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28 February 2020'BYZANTINE BRILLIANCE AND THE MOSAICS OF RAVENNA'
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'BYZANTINE BRILLIANCE AND THE MOSAICS OF RAVENNA' Helen Rufus-Ward Friday 28 February 2020

Our study days are held in the Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley BR1 2PX, usually starting at 10.0 am. There is some parking in the car park at the front of the building, but other possibiities include Edgeborough Way, on the opposite side of Sundridge Avenue from the Arts Centre. You are asked to park there considerately to minimise inconveniencing the neighbours.

This one day course comprises two full one-hour lectures, as follows:-  from 10.00 - 11.00 am and 11.30 - 12.30    The cost of the day is £18

1. Glorious Things: discovering Byzantium through its art

This lecture will reveal the diverse richness of the decorative arts of Byzantium.  Through the art of this period it traces the fascinating story of the Byzantine Empire, which flourished for over a thousand years.  Mosaics, ivory carvings, enamels, holy relics, silverware and icons are just some of the glorious things to be examined and discussed.  The audience will encounter all manner of characters from emperors, empresses, Roman matrons and virgins 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.

2. The Mosaics of Ravenna:  For the glory of Kings, Emperors, and Empresses

In 402 AD Ravenna became the capital of the Western Roman Empire and continued to prosper under Ostrogoth and then Byzantine rule.  This past eminence left the city with a legacy of richly decorated early Christian buildings, which has earned it UNESCO World Heritage site status.  This lecture will explore some of these buildings and their magnificent mosaics:- 

The octagonal church of San Vitale, home of the celebrated portrait panels of the emperor Justinian and his wife, the notorious empress Theodora;

The basilica church of S Apollinaire Nuovo decorated with spectacular processions of male and female saints, and with surprising evidence of its past life as the palace chapel of Ostrogoth King Theodoric; and

The exquisite cruciform mausoleum of the imperial princess Galla Placida, like a precious jewel box of delights with its inspiring blue, green red and gold mosaic decoration.