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Light, Liturgy, and Icons at Sinai (lecture)

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

The Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine is the world's largest repository of Byzantine icons—images of sacred people and scenes that hold a central role in the religious practice of Eastern Orthodox Christians.

Learn about the icons from Saint Catherine's, many of which will be on view in Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai (November 14, 2006–March 4, 2007), from exhibition co-curator Robert S. Nelson. Nelson describes the icons' place in Saint Catherine's 6th-century church and their role in monastic life, prayer, church services, and processions.

About Robert S. Nelson
Robert S. Nelson is Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, a specialist in the art of the Byzantine Empire, and co-editor of the forthcoming exhibition catalogue Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai. His work focuses on Byzantine illuminated manuscripts, the relation of Byzantine art to culture and society, and the functioning of holy objects in society. He has written and edited numerous books, including Hagia Sophia 1850–1950: Holy Wisdom, Modern Monument, The Iconography of Preface and Miniature in the Byzantine Gospel Book, and Theodore Hagiopetrites, A Late Byzantine Scribe and Illuminator.

Nave of the church in Saint Catherine's Monastery, Sinai

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