Lecture by Sabrina Higgins

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Canadian Institute, Dionysiou Aiginitou 7
Event Description: 

Sabrina Higgins (Assistant Professor, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies, Simon Fraser University), “Imagining the Virgin: 'The Intersection of Space, Monumentality and Marian Iconography in Late Antique and Early Medieval Egypt (Third to Eleventh Centuries)”

This talk contextualizes the iconography of the Virgin Mary within the framework of Late-Antique and Early Medieval Egyptian Christianity. It situates the creation of a visual culture associated with the Virgin within its historical parameters, particularly highlighting the relatively late appearance of Marian imagery on the chronological axis of Christian Art, and examines the unique spatial considerations for the placement of these images. In doing so, the talk traces the diachronic appearance of particular Marian iconographies, while also interrogating whether particular images were localized to specific areas within ecclesiastical and monastic settings.