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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 840: Late Antique Materialities, IV: Art and Materiality

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Adrastos Omissi, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Robin Whelan, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:James Michael Harland, Department of Arts, Design & Social Sciences, Northumbria University
Paper 840-aUnravelling a Material Aesthetic in Late Antique Tapestries
(Language: English)
Miriam Hay, Department of Classics & Ancient History, University of Warwick
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Religious Life
Paper 840-bEpigram and Art in 6th-Century Byzantium
(Language: English)
Arianna Gullo, School of Humanities (Classics), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - General, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 840-cMaterial Value and Spiritual Reward in Late Antique Christian Art: The Scene of the 'Widow's Mite'
(Language: English)
Noam Yadin-Evron, Department of Art History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Religious Life

Since the rebranding of the later Roman Empire as 'Late Antiquity' from the 1960s, visual culture has played a central role in rejecting the assumptions of material decline which had formerly been associated with this period. Late antique art is now seen as rich and exciting, mixing pagan mythology with Christian contexts, blending a range of ethnic and cultural influences, and often reflecting an inherent playfulness in respect to the materials used. The three papers of this panel contribute to this theme of late antique art and materiality by exploring late antique tapestries; 6th-century Byzantine epigrams about art and monument; and artistic depictions of the story of the Widow's Mite.