Public Symposium in Honour of Ernst Kitzinger (1912-2003)

Sites of Devotion | New Directions in Medieval Art History

Floor mosaic, early Byzantine Church of Saint George at Madaba, Jordan

This symposium celebrates the centenary of the birth of Ernst Kitzinger (b. Munich 1912 – d. New York 2003), distinguished historian of Late Antique, Medieval and Byzantine art. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing influence of his work in Australia, where he was interned as an enemy alien during World War II.

Addressing the interests of both specialists and the wider public, papers will explore the ways in which Kitzinger’s interests in the study of art related to Christian devotion have influenced the teaching and research of four Melbourne-based scholars working across a range of fields including art history, archaeology and curatorship.

Speakers from the University of Melbourne and the National Gallery of Victoria will share recent directions their work has taken in the fields of early Byzantine art, Medieval painting, Byzantine mosaics, and 18th century English sculpture.

Presented by the Art History Programme, School of Culture and Communication, and Newman College, The University of Melbourne.


Dr Felicity Harley-McGowan

Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Medieval Art History

The University of Melbourne

Date: 9.30 -12.30 pm, Thursday 10th November, 2011

Venue: The Oratory, Newman College, The University of Melbourne 887 Swanston Street, Parkville






9.30 WELCOME – Kitzinger: the Australian Connection | Felicity Harley-McGowan

10.00 Thinking with Kitzinger: His Intellectual Formation and the Cult of Images | Lachlan Turnbull – PhD Candidate, Art History Programme, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne


11.00 Kitzinger: Mosaic Style, Technique, and Artist Attribution | Andrew Madden – PhD Candidate, Classics and Archaeology, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, The University of Melbourne

11.30 Medieval Art in the Making: Crucifixion iconography in 8th century Rome | Felicity Harley-McGowan – Gerry Higgins Lecturer in Medieval Art History, The University of Melbourne

12.00 A Cult of Images in Eighteenth-Century England? | Matthew Martin – Assistant Curator of International Decorative Arts and Antiquities, The National Gallery of Victoria

12.30 CLOSE