Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Light on Old Glass: Byzantine Glass and Mosaics, British Museum, 27-29 May 2010

A 3-day conference on Byzantine glass will be held at the British Museum in London 27-29 May 2010. The conference is being organised by Chris Entwistle, Curator of the Late Roman and Byzantine Collections, and Liz James, Director of the Leverhulme International Network for the Composition of Byzantine Glass Mosaic Tesserae (University of Sussex). 

The three days will cover topics such as glass and mosaics, gold glass, the Lycurgus Cup, techniques of manufacture, new discoveries in Byzantine glass. Confirmed speakers include: Tassos Antonaras (Thessaloniki), Claudia Bolgia (Edinburgh), Cristina Boschetti (Nottingham), Jas Elsner (Oxford and Chicago), Ian Freestone (Cardiff), Yael Gorin Rosen (Jerusalem), Daniel Howells (Sussex), Judith Mckenzie (Oxford), Martine Newby, Nadine Schibille (Oxford), Marianne Stern (Netherlands), Ann Terry (USA), Marco Verità (Venice), Hanna Witte (Germany), David Whitehouse (Corning), Gary Vikan (Walters Art Gallery). 

For more information: 
For more information contact: Bente Bjornholt on, Art History, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QQ, UK. 

For other related events see the events page at Sussex Centre for Byzantine Cultural History.

New Light on Old Glass: Byzantine Glass and Mosaics
A three-day conference on Thursday 27-Saturday 29 May 2010
Stevenson Lecture Theatre, the Great Court, British Museum
Provisional Programme

Thursday 27th May

9.00-9.45 Registration
10.00-10.30 Cristina Boschetti, Glass tesserae across the ages. The origin and development of glass and vitreous materials in the ancient mosaic
10.30-11.00 Marco Verità, Has scientific analysis made any difference in the study of mosaics? A work in progress
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.00 Ann Terry, Sixth-century mosaic artistry: a case study
12.00-12.30 Anastassios Antonaras, Production and uses of glass in Byzantine Thessaloniki
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Hanna Witte, Studies in middle Byzantine glass mosaics from Amorium
14.30-15.00 Judith Mckenzie, The mosaics in the Great Mosque in Damascus: who made them?
15.00-15.30 Tea
15.30-16.00 Claudia Bolgia, The use of light in Cosmati mosaics: the case of the 'ara coeli'
16.00-16.30 Irina Andreescu-Treadgold, The Christ head at the Metropolitan Museum and other mosaic fakes in museums
16.30-17.00 Maria Vassilaki, No glass please: the mosaics at Porta Panaghia in Thessaly
18.00-19.30 Reception

Friday 28th May

9.00-9.45 Registration
10.00-10.30 Fatima Marii, Glass tesserae from the Petra Church
10.30-11.00 Martine Newby, Glass cameos and cage cups
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.00 Rosemarie Lierke, The fragment of a figurative diatretum in Mainz, and other cage cups - technological observations
12.00-12.30 Jas Elsner, The Lycurgus Cup
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Ian Freestone, The composition, production and trade of glass in Late Antiquity
14.30-15.00 Marianne Stern, Glass production in Byzantine texts
15.00-15.30 Tea
15.30-16.00 Yael Gorin-Rosen, Tba
16.00-16.30 Nadine Schibille, Byzantine and Early Islamic glass finds from Pergamon

Saturday 29th May

10.00-10.30 Julian Henderson, Tba
10.30-11.00 Mark Wypyski, Glass from Nishapur
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-12.00 Francesca dell'Aqua, Borders of experimentalism: glass in the frame of the Genoa Mandylion
12.00-12.30 Daniel Keller, vasa, quibus communicamur, sunt vitrea: Liturgical glass vessels in the early Byzantine church
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Daniel Howells, Making Late Antique gold glass
14.30-15.00 Andrew Meek, Gold glass in Late Antiquity: Scientific analysis of the British Museum collection
15.00-15.30 Tea
15.30-16.00 Gary Vikan, Those pesky glass medallions: East or West ?
16.00-17.00 Lisa Pilosi and David Whitehouse, Early Islamic and Middle Byzantine Silver Stain: (i) David Whitehouse, Early Islamic, (ii) Lisa Pilosi, Middle Byzantine