2021 Stahl Lecture: Bissera Pentcheva: Eternal Victory: Hagia Sophia and the Byzantine Vision of Empire

Bissera Pentcheva

Co-Sponsored by the Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics, Department of History, Fred Fox School of Music, School of Art, UArizona Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Committee and CAPLA


November 08, 2021 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Funded by the International Center of Medieval Art

Join us online for this dynamic CAPLA Lecture Series event, featuring:

Bissera Pentcheva
Professor of Art and Art History, Stanford University

Bissera Pentcheva, the ICMA Stahl Lecturer for 2021, is professor of art and art history at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Classics. Author of three books (Icons and Power, The Sensual Icon and Hagia Sophia: Sound, Space and Spirit in Byzantium) and editor of two more (Aural Architecture in Byzantium and Icons of Sound), Bissera has redefined the study of Byzantine architecture by means of new insights at the intersection of architecture, art, acoustics, liturgy and theology. Her particular interest has been the “animation” of objects and buildings over time as they are perceived in changing conditions of light and sound. To understand these phenomena in the past she has adopted contemporary technology to capture atmospheric effects around objects and in buildings and to match sonic performance today with the “acoustic signatures” of historic buildings.

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Event Contacts

Laura Hollengreen