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Helen C. Evans, Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Entrance to the Exhibition

«Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition explores the wealthy southern provinces of the Byzantine Empire from Syria to Egypt and across North Africa as part of the empire and then as part of the emerging Islamic world. This blog joins the works in the exhibition galleries and the catalogue in seeking to understand this era of transition across a region that contains many of the lands of the "Arab Spring."»

The many outstanding young scholars who have worked on Byzantium and Islam are writing this blog. They are exploring themes relevant to the exhibition that are of special interest to them. Their blog entries will offer information on topics they believe may interest those of you seeking to learn more about the diverse cultures of Byzantium's southern provinces and its transition into being part of the Islamic world. During the next months the authors will also offer book reviews and interviews with Museum staff on their varied roles in making this exhibition, and others at the Metropolitan Museum, possible.

Annie Labatt, Chester Dale Postdoctoral Fellow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Williams, Jane and Morgan Whitney Fellow, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, are leading the organization of the blog. Other contributors to the blog include, in alphabetical order: Iman Abdulfattah, the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Alzahraa Ahmed, exhibition intern from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Elene Chkuaseli, exhibition intern from the Republic of Georgia; Stephanie Georgiadis, exhibition intern from Boston University; Yitzchak Schwartz, exhibition intern from Yeshiva University and Bard Graduate Center; Evan Freeman, St. Vladimir's Seminary. Other names will join this list over the next months as new topics emerge. We look forward to your responses, opinions, and questions.

Helen C. Evans
Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art
Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tag(s): Syria, Egypt


  • Arline says:

    Fascinating !!! I am researching 3 glazed bricks I would love for your group to look at. Perhaps you will know where they may have been installed, and who may have made them. I would love to send you photos, but they will not attach to this site. Please help me, as I think you will love them and they are an unusual part of history, as I find very little information about glazed bricks. They are of the Madonna with Baby, and Mary is seated, Jesus"s right hand is raised in blessing, IHS is in his other hand, both have halos, and Mary is holding a lily. Behind them is "Ave Maria" in what I think might be Blackletter style. They are glazed, with damage of impurities while firing, cracking, and discoloration. Unfortunately they are cemented to a backboard, but I am able to see the sides of the brick, and they are clearly sawed, showing the impurities in the buff-colored clay. I would love to hear from you spo that I could forward photos. Thank you for your interest,
    Arline Reilly

    Posted: May 9, 2015, 11:13 a.m.

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Helen C. Evans is the Mary and Michael Jaharis Curator for Byzantine Art in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters.

About this Blog

This blog accompanied the special exhibition Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, on view March 14–July 8, 2012.