Picture of Icon of the Mother of God and Infant Christ
Icon of the Mother of God and Infant Christ (Virgin Eleousa), c. 1425–50. Attributed to Angelos Akotantos (Greek, c. 1450). Tempera and gold on wood panel; unframed: 96 x 70 cm (37 13/16 x 27 9/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2010.154

Presentation on the Work of the St. Catherine Foundation over the last twenty years

Dimitri Dondos, Dr. Helen C. Evans, and Hieromonk Justin Sinaites will participate in this panel presentation on Thursday, December 9 from 6:00-7:00pm in the ballrooms. A reception from 7:00-8:30pm will follow.

Where: Tinkham Veale University Center, 2nd floor Ballrooms

When: Thursday, December 9; 6:00-7:00pm with reception from 7:00-8:30pm

More information about the St. Catherine Foundation can be found here. Donations to the St. Catherine Foundation can be made here.

Plenary Lecture, "Mirror Images through Byzantine Eyes," Hieromonk Father Justin Sinaites, Monastery of St. Catherine on Mount Sinai

Hieromonk Justin will present his Plenary Lecture on Friday, December 10 from 6:30-7:30pm in the ballrooms. A reception from 7:30-9:00pm will follow.

Where: Tinkham Veale University Center, 2nd floor Ballrooms

When: Friday, December 10; 6:30-7:30pm with reception from 7:30-9:00pm

Icon of Christ Pantocrator, c. 6th century. Tempera and gold on wood panel. The Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai.
Icon of Christ Pantocrator, c. 6th century. Tempera and gold on wood panel. The Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai.
Cosmic Orb, Detail from a Tapestry Icon of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child Below Christ in Majesty, Slit-and Dovetailed-Tapestry Weave in Wool, ca. 500s. Cleveland Museum of Art.
Cosmic Orb, Detail from a Tapestry Icon of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child Below Christ in Majesty, Slit-and Dovetailed-Tapestry Weave in Wool, ca. 500s. Cleveland Museum of Art.

Byzantine Art up close with Dr. Gerhard Lutz

Dr. Gerhard Lutz, Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, will be offering three, one-hour sessions in the Art Study Room at the museum on Friday, November 10 between 10:00am – 1:00pm. Participants will have the opportunity to examine works from the CMA’s collection of late antique and Byzantine art. For everyone’s safety, we are limiting the number of people to eight at each session. We will have a waiting list.

Where: CMA Art Study Room; Please meet in the atrium at the end opposite the café five minutes ahead of time.

When: Friday, December 10; 10:00am – 1:00pm

HoloLens Experience of the Red Monastery

Experience the late fifth-century sanctuary of the Red Monastery Church using augmented reality HoloLens headsets. Four sessions of one hour each will be hosted in the Tinkham Veale Center on Friday, between 10:00am – 2:00pm. For everyone’s safety, we are limiting the number of people to five at each session. We will have a waiting list.

Where: Tinkham Veale University Center, 2nd floor Ballrooms

When: Friday, December 10; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Laser-scan view of the Red Monastery church looking into the apse. In this image, the enclosing wall is erased. Laser Scan "Drawing" by Pietro Gasparri.
Laser-scan view of the Red Monastery church looking into the apse. In this image, the enclosing wall is erased. Laser Scan "Drawing" by Pietro Gasparri.
Scenes from Genesis, Box, Ivory, ca. 1000-1100. Cleveland Museum of Art.
Scenes from Genesis, Box, Ivory, ca. 1000-1100. Cleveland Museum of Art.

Breakfast and Private Gallery Viewing

On Saturday, December 11, between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., attendees and members of the Orthodox communities of Cleveland are invited to breakfast in the atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art. The first-floor galleries that include the Ancient, Byzantine, Medieval and Islamic art will be open for private viewing. Food is not permitted in the galleries.

Where: The Cleveland Museum of Art

When: Saturday, December 11; 7:00-9:00am

Mary Jaharis Center Graduate Programming

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture will host three workshops for attending Graduate Students and Early Career Contingent Scholars. These events will take place in the Tinkham Veale University Center, 1st floor Senior Classroom.

  • Thursday, December 9; 5:00-6:00pm: Byzantine Studies and Museum Careers Panel (light snacks)
  • Friday, December 10; 12:15-1:45pm: Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Topics for Graduate Students Discussion (lunch)
  • Sunday, December 12; 8:00-9:00am; Graduate Student Job Talk and Teaching Demonstrations Workshop (informal breakfast)

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is dedicated to promoting and advancing knowledge about the rich heritage of the Byzantine Empire, which lasted for more than a thousand years and spanned three continents. The Center’s mission is to create academic and educational resources that engage the wider public, scholars, and the Orthodox Christian community. Its programs encourage awareness and appreciation of Byzantium and its legacy.”

Virgin and Child, White Monastery Church, Secco, ca. 1300.
Virgin and Child, White Monastery Church, Secco, ca. 1300.