Save up to 20% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Byzantine Art: Heaven on Earth Daytime Program on Zoom Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET Code: 1H0599 Tickets Login $20 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $25 - Non-Member Resize text remove add Boyana Church interior frescoes (Interact-Bulgaria) PROGRAM DESCRIPTION In the jewel-like mosaics of Ravenna, the dazzling domed interior of Hagia Sophia, the penetrating stare of holy figures in Orthodox icons, we come face-to-face with the visual splendor and spiritual power of Byzantine art. Created in the thousand-year period between 330—when Constantine, the first Christian emperor, moved the capital from Rome to Constantinople—and the conquest of that city by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, Byzantine art flourished as it transformed Roman classical traditions. According to art historian Judy Scott Feldman, the human figure lost its corporeality and became more stylized, inhabiting not the world of the here and now but the eternal realm of Heaven and the spiritual. The church building itself was a microcosm of the universe. At the apex, its lofty dome was reserved for images of Christ. Following in descending order were Biblical scenes, then Christian saints, and lower still the realm of the living. While we call the people who dwelled in and around Constantinople Byzantines, they called themselves Romans. Their legacy originated in early Christian art and lives on in the art and architecture of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit* PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. *Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.