Konuşma: Dr. Armin Bergmeier

Leipzig Üniversitesi'nden Dr. Armin Bergmeier 'in "Visions, Intercessions, and the Mediation of Divine Presence in Byzantium" başlıklı konuşması Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Bizans Araştırmaları Merkezi'nde saat 17.00'da gerçekleşmiştir.

Konuşma özeti

The earliest Cristian art managed without any depictions of the new religion’s divinity, instead mainly depicting the human Jesus and allegorical images. Only towards the mid-to- late fourth century did a desire for depictions of the Christian God (“Visionserwartung”) manifest itself in the visual culture. Image-makers succeeded in circumventing the prohibition of material and lasting divine images inherited from Judaism by creating images of temporary, immaterial visions. These theophanic images, brief glimpses of the divine, were immensely successful. However, in the century leading up to the period of Iconoclasm, they were slowly marginalized and transformed. When the image-production finally increased again in the ninth century and theophanic images reappeared they were much less prominent, and their iconography had been noticeably changed. This talk will link these iconographical changes and the marginalization of theophanic images to dramatic changes in the religiosity and to iconophile ideology at the time.


Armin Bergmeier (MA in art history, Humboldt University, Berlin; Ph.D. in late antique and Byzantine art history, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich) is an art historian of Late Antique, Byzantine, and Western medieval art with a focus on the Eastern Mediterranean and Italy. His work explores changes and transformations across cultures, questions of the presence of art works and architecture, and the Byzantine artistic heritage in Venice. During his doctoral research, he spent a year at Columbia University in New York as a visiting scholar. Since 2016, he has been assistant professor of art history at the University of Leipzig, where he teaches courses on Late Antique, Byzantine, and Islamic art and architecture. He has held research residencies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, and the Centro Tedesco in Venice. His scholarship has been supported by fellowships from the Protestant Academic Scholarship Fund, the Minerva Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. He is currently an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Boğaziçi University’s Byzantine Studies Research Center, where he has been working on his second book project, entitled “Manipulating History in Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean (c. 1150–1300).” This project explores the relationship between the material culture of Venice and Byzantium in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.