Heaven on Earth: Justinian's Hagia Sophia

This talk addresses the transformation of the basilica as an architectural form and its subsequent impact on architecture in the eastern Mediterranean. Justinian's Hagia Sophia represents a critical moment in architectural history in terms of form, meaning, and aesthetics.

Robert Ousterhout is professor emeritus in history and art at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught from 2007-2017, and also served as director of the Center for Ancient Studies. He taught previously at the University of Illinois, where he received his PhD. Ousterhout's fieldwork has concentrated on Byzantine architecture, monumental art, and urbanism in Constantinople, Thrace, Cappadocia, and Jerusalem.

Sponsored by the art department and Onassis USA. Free and open to the public.

Image credit:
"Hagia Sophia WKO_6153_4_5_tonemapped" by banjo-kiel is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 5:00pm

Eliot Hall, 314
3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public, Staff

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