Art at High Noon! Workshops for seniors
Subject: The birth of an icon. How were the works of art that are symbols of the Byzantine-Ruthenian cultural circle created?
The icon, that we inherently associate with the culture of the Balkan states and Eastern Europe, has its origins in the late Roman Empire. During the course we will follow the path of works of art from funeral painting in Faiyum to the icons adorning the biggest Orthodox churches. What is the relationship between the icons and the Roman culture and why are they an invaluable source of knowledge about Byzantines costumes and arms almost until the end of their statehood? What impact did the icons have on the development of religiousness of the countries in the orbit of the Empire? Why are icons “written”? We will try these and other questions by presenting slides with the most beautiful works of Byzantine art!
Tomasz Sińczak – historian, art historian. PhD student at the Ancient History Unit of the Department of Historical Sciences at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Participant of language courses at the University of Alexander Herzen in St. Petersburg. He researches the relationships between the Roman Empire and Iran during the reign of the Sassanid dynasty. Member of the Editorial Board of the “Starożytności” magazine, co-author of the “Res Militaris” volumes, collections of studies on ancient warfare. Since 2012, the reviewer at the historia.org.pl and o-historii.pl sites. The author of the book “Wars of the Roman Empire against the Sassanid Iran in the years 226-363 CE”.