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TRANSITION TO CHRISTIANITY: ART OF LATE ANTIQUITY, 3RD – 7TH CENTURY A.D.


Onassis Cultural Center in Midtown Manhattan, NY.

The vibrant and complex life of the Eastern Mediterranean during a time of reinvention and renewal will be the subject of a major new exhibition at the Onassis Cultural Center in Midtown Manhattan. On view from December 7, 2011 through May 14, 2012, Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd – 7th Century A.D. will bring together more than 170 exceptional objects on loan from Greek museums, as well as museums in Cyprus and the United States.  Incorporating many outstanding works of art that have never before been seen outside Greece, as well as recently discovered works that are being exhibited for the first time anywhere, Transition to Christianity reveals a period of extraordinary and perhaps unexpected creativity in the Greek world of Late Antiquity.

The exhibition is jointly organized by the Onassis Foundation (USA) and the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, with the scholarly support of a distinguished advisory committee from the Program in Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.  Curators of the exhibition are Dr. Eugenia Chalkia, Director, Byzantine and Christian Museum, and Dr. Anastasia Lazaridou, Vice-Director, Byzantine and Christian Museum.  Serving on the advisory committee are Peter Brown, Professor of History, Emeritus; SlobodanĆurčić , Professor of Art and Archaeology, Emeritus; and Dimitri Gondicas, Executive Director, Program in Hellenic Studies.