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Professor Antony Eastmond

Dean and Deputy Director; A. G. Leventis Professor in the History of Byzantine Art
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Antony Eastmond read history at Oxford and whilst there he became increasingly intrigued by the possibilities of using art and material culture to write history. This was confirmed when he came to The Courtauld to take an MA in Byzantine art, and then a PhD in the art of medieval Georgia in the Caucasus.

Key themes in Antony’s work centre on the use of art to manufacture, display and manipulate identities on a public stage, especially on the frontera between religions and cultures.

Antony has taught at The Courtauld since 1995, after nine years in the art history department at the University of Warwick where he was Head of Department in his last two years.

His research is divided between topics in Late Antique and Byzantine art and topics relating to the Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia), and relations between the Christian and Islamic cultures there.

He has recently published a study of women and identity in eastern Anatolia and the Caucasus on the eve of the Mongol invasions in the thirteenth century – a region known as the land where three worlds meet.

Teaching 2016-17

  • MA History of Art: Byzantium and its Rivals: Art, Display and Cultural Identity in the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean (with Dr Lara Frentrop)

PhD Supervision

Recently completed

  • Maria Alessia Rossi, ‘The Golden Age of the Miracle Cycle: 1290 – 1340’
  • Lara Frentrop, ‘Middle Byzantine Metal Bowls with Exotic Imagery’
  • Emma Rogers, ‘Art and Architectural Decoration in Italy from the Tenth to the Thirteenth Century and its Relationship with Islamic and Byzantine Art and Culture’
  • Eleni Dimitriadou, ‘The Lunette Mosaic in the Southwest Vestibule of Hagia Sophia at Constantinople: A Reconsideration’ (2010)
  • Stefani Gerevini, ‘Objects, Treasuries, Cities: The Importation and Appropriation of Byzantine Artworks and Relics in Santa Maria della Scala in Siena and in San Marco in Venice in the Fourteenth Century’ (2010)
  • Anna Christidou, ‘Unknown Byzantine Art in the Balkan Area: Art, Power and Patronage in Twelfth to Fourteenth Century Churches in Albania’ (2010)
  • Jack Hartnell, ‘Towards an Anatomical Art History: Medieval Objects in the Shared Space Between Art and Medicine’ (2013) (with John Lowden)
  • Niamh Bhalla, ‘Social Histories of the Last Judgement in Byzantine Art’ (2014)
  • Maria Paschali, ‘Painting in Fourteenth-Century Famagusta’ (2014)

Research Interests

  • Byzantine Art in all forms, but especially Byzantine ivories
  • Interchange between Christian and Islamic art in the medieval near east
  • Medieval Art in the Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia)
  • Art and identity in the middle ages
  • Centre and periphery

Recent publications

Books and edited books

  • Byzantine and East Christian Art (London: Phaidon, 2013)

Essays, articles and reviews

  • ‘Inscriptions and Authority in Ani’, in Double Headed Eagle – Byzantium and the Seljuks in Anatolia between the Late 11th and 13th Centuries, ed. N. Asutay-Effenberger (Mainz, 2012)
  • ‘Consular diptychs, rhetoric and the languages of art in sixth-century Constantinople’, Art History 33/5 (2010), 742-765
  • ‘Diplomatic commodities: women and art as imperial gifts in the thirteenth century’, in Liquid and Multiple: Identities in the medieval mediterranean in the thirteenth century, eds. D. Stathokopoulos and G. Saint-Guillan (Paris: Sorbonne, 2011)
  • ‘Messages, meanings and metamorphoses: the icon of the Transfiguration of Zarzma’, in Images of the Byzantine World – Visions, Messages and Meanings. Studies presented to Leslie Brubaker, ed. A. Lymberopoulou (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2011), 57-82
  • ‘The St Petroc casket, a certain mutilated man, and the trade in ivories’ in D. Knipp, ed., Siculo Arabic Ivories (Rome, 2011)
  • ‘Gender and patronage between Christianity and Islam in the thirteenth century’, in Change in the Byzantine world in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, eds. A. Ödekan, E. Akyürek, N. Necipoğlu, 1 Uluslararasi Sevgi Gönül Bizans Araştirmalari Sempozyumu / First International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium (Istanbul, 2010), 78-88
  • ‘The Limits of Byzantine Art’, in A Companion to Byzantium, ed. L. James (Oxford: Wiley, 2010), 313-22
  • ‘Schwarzmeergriechen, Armenier, Georgier und andere Kaukasusvölker’, in Kontinuitäten und Brüche: Lebensformen – Alteingesessene – Zuwanderer von 500 bis 1500, eds. K. Kaser, et al. [Wieser Enzyklopädie des Europäischen Ostens: 12] (Klagenfurt: Wieser Verlag, 2010), 305-13
  • ‘Udabno Monastery in Georgia: The innovation, conservation and reinterpretation of art in the Middle Ages’, Iconographica. Rivista di iconografia medievale e moderna 7 (2008), 23-43 (with Z. Skhirt’ladze)
  • ‘Beyond Byzantium’, in Byzantium, eds. R. Cormack and M. Vassilaki (London: Royal Academy, 2008), 307-14

Recent/major grants

Other current/ongoing professional activities

  • Trustee of the Marjory Wardrop Trust (University of Oxford), devoted to Georgian studies
  • On the executive of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies 1996-2010

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