Screens, mosaics and meanings in Torcello and San Marco


Screens, mosaics and meanings in Torcello and San Marco

The screen in the cathedral at Torcello catches the eye with its magnificent carved marble panels, but it also diverts the eye: it is a barrier that separates the congregation in the nave from the clergy, and hides the celebration of the eucharist. The screen also creates a particularly holy space within the church, and gives a heightened status to the mosaics and art within it. In this lecture I will examine the nature of this divided space and its consequences for how we think about the early art of the Venetian lagoon. I will use the screen and mosaics at Torcello as a starting point to compare the decoration of the apse of San Marco, made a generation later. I will propose that in them we can see the birth of Venetian art, distinct from that of Rome or Constantinople.

Antony Eastmond is AG Leventis Professor of Byzantine Art History at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where he is also Dean & Deputy Director. His research interests stretch from the early art of the Venetian lagoon, to the Caucasus and the eastern frontiers of the Christian world and its interaction with the Islamic world.

Doors open 6.30 for 6.45pm
Tickets and timings for 21 October:
Venue: Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE
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