All lectures hosted by the Center for Byzantine Material Arts

First Friday of the Month Lecture Series: April 7th at 7 pm

February 16th, 2016 by

Join us for an evening of exploration into iconography and faith from respected scholars, clergy and Iconographers.  Talks start at 7 pm followed by questions and refreshments.  Come early and visit our surrounding vendors and restaurants before the lecture and make an evening of it!

Suggested donation $10

RSVP would be nice!


  “The Making and Function of Byzantine Ivories”

 Dumbarton Oaks has a small but excellent collection of Byzantine ivories that have been fully published in the 1970’s. The presentation aims to introduce to processes of craftsmanship and production and will discuss aspects of the original function of the ivories, a topic that has been in the focus of more recent scholarship yet still raises interesting questions.

Gudrun Buehl is Curator and Museum Director at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and in this role she is in charge of the art collections at Harvard’s research center in Washington D.C. A Byzantine art historian by training, she joined the staff in 2004 and since then has been responsible for the re-design and re-installation of the museum galleries in 2008. She is the curator of a new series of small special exhibitions and strives to share the knowledge of the Dumbarton Oaks collections with a wider public. Gudrun Buehl has researched and published widely on aspects of Byzantine ivory carving and is currently leading an international, collaborative research project to publish the holdings of Byzantine and early Islamic textiles.


 Next up: Friday, May 5th
FEATURED SCHOLAR: Colette Kalvesmaki
Differences of the Sacred Image Between East and West