[MGSA-L] Nectar and Illusion: Nature in Byzantine Art and Literature at The Morgan Library & Museum

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Wed Sep 19 09:36:00 PDT 2012

From: Onassis Foundation (USA) <news at onassisusa.org>
You are cordially invited to a lecture and book presentation

By Dr. Henry Maguire

Emeritus Professor in the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University
Nectar and Illusion:

Nature in Byzantine Art and Literature

Wednesday October 10, 2012 at 7 PM

The Morgan Library & Museum at 36th Street

Gilder Lehrman Hall

225 Madison Avenue

New York, NY 10016

About the book:
Byzantine attitudes toward terrestrial nature were complex and ambivalent. On the one hand, Byzantine literature and art celebrated nature as a reflection of the glory of its Creator and as the cradle of the Incarnation; on the other hand, the Byzantines viewed the natural world as fleeting and corruptible, and mistrusted it as a distraction from spiritual reality and the permanent rewards of their faith. This book explores the contradictions created by the Byzantine reception of nature, in both the verbal and the visual arts.

About the author:
Henry Maguire is Emeritus Professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  Among other topics, his publications have concerned the relationships between Byzantine art and literature, Byzantine secular art, and the role of nature and gardens in Byzantine culture.

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