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Icons from Sinai: A Symposium

Dates: Friday and Saturday, January 26 and 27, 2007
Time: 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on Saturday
Location: The Getty Center on Friday, UCLA on Saturday
Admission: Advance registration required. Registration is $50 per day, students $10.

Download the symposium program and registration form (PDF, 207 KB)

This symposium, organized by the Department of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, brings together an international group of scholars to address issues raised by the exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai (on view at the Getty Center November 14, 2006–March 4, 2007).

The exhibition presents objects from the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai, Egypt, the oldest continuously operating Christian monastery in existence and home to one of the world's finest collections of Byzantine icons and manuscripts.

Friday, January 26

Saturday, January 27

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Friday, January 26
8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

The Transfigured Mountain: Sacred Topography and the "Law" of Icons at Saint Catherine's Monastery
Gerhard Wolf, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florence

Mural and Icon Painting at Sinai in the Thirteenth Century
Georgi Parpulov, Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Sinai, Acre, Tripoli, and "The Backwash of the Levant": Where Did the Icon Painters Work?
Rebecca Corrie, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine

Regarding Prayer: Questions Arising from the Saint John the Baptist Icon
Charles Barber, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Between the Archive and the Atelier: Saint Catherine's Monastery and the Case of the Narrative Icons
Paroma Chatterjee, University of Chicago

Icons' Spirited Erotics
Glenn Peers, University of Texas, Austin

Sinai and Cyprus: Holy Mountain, Holy Isle
Annemarie Weyl Carr, Southern Methodist University, Dallas

From Moses and Elijah to Saint Catherine: In the Steps of the Saints at Sinai
Jas Elsner, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Reception follows

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Saturday, January 27
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
The Fowler Museum at UCLA, Lenart Auditorium

Painted Skins: Illusion and Reality in Architectural Polychromy, Sinai and Egypt
Elizabeth S. Bolman, Temple University, Philadelphia

Mount Sinai as Producer and Recipient
Nancy Ševcenko, Independent scholar

Greek Monastic Liturgy on the Sinai Peninsula in the First Millennium: Glimpses of a Lost World
Robert Taft, Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome

Sinai in the Thirteenth Century and the Meeting of Eastern and Western Art
Robin Cormack, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Turning Holy Mountains into Ladders to Heaven: Overlapping Topographies and Poetics of Space in Post-Byzantine Sacred Engravings of Sinai and Mount Athos
Veronica della Dora, University of California, Los Angeles

Anthony Cutler, Pennsylvania State University, University Park/University of California, Los Angeles

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Related Lectures

A Postmodern View of Byzantine Art
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: UCLA, Royce Hall 314
Anthony Cutler, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Evan Pugh Professor of Art History, Pennsylvania State University, discusses Byzantine art in a lecture sponsored by the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the UCLA Department of Art History.

The Performative Icon
Date: Sunday, January 28, 2007
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Loyola Marymount University, University Hall, Ahmanson 1000
Bissera Pentcheva, assistant professor, Art and Art History Department, Stanford University, speaks on icons in a lecture sponsored by LMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts Visiting Artist and Lecturer Series.

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