June 2021

The Glories of Byzantium

The importance of the role played by Byzantium as a link in the great chain of world history is an important theme. With its roots firmly in the Ancient World of Greece and Rome, the Byzantine period – AD 330 -1453 – spans the medieval centuries. While much of the West was in deep decline Byzantium, mistress of the Mediterranean and centre of Christendom, was a symbol of wealth, power and cultural ascendancy. It was here, in the eastern Mediterranean that Christianity took root and spread, giving us the architectural forms and imagery that are still a part of the faith. We look at mosaics, frescoes and icons, opulent liturgical vessels in gold and enamel, silks, ivories, manuscripts and the centrally planned domed churches, designed as microcosms of the Universe.

Mrs Jane Angelini is our lecturer for this meeting.

Jane is a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society and other arts organisations. She runs her own art tours company, specialising in cultural visits. She speaks several foreign languages and has translated a number of works of 19th century Russian literature for Penguin Books and Oxford University Press. She has a BA in Russian Studies and an MA in Byzantine Studies.

June 10th at 1045 a.m.

Emperor Constantine
Madonna and Child (Berlinghiero)
Four evangelists and Agnus Dei

The Annual General Meeting normally takes place at 10.30 a.m.before this lecture is given. A buffet lunch is usually served to members after the lecture to mark the end of the 2020-21 season.