Join Dr. Susan Arensberg, head of exhibition programs at the National Gallery of Art, for a tour of this special loan exhibition from Greece. Byzantine artists drew from pagan and early Christian foundations to fashion the opulent and deeply spiritual world of Byzantium (A.D. 330-1453). The establishment of Christianity as the state religion inspired the creation of luminous icons, textiles, architectural sculptures, frescoes, and mosaics to adorn basilicas throughout the empire. Prosperous monasteries illuminated sacred manuscripts and preserved monuments of Greek literature, while private patronage fostered the embellishments of daily life. Nearly 200 objects, exclusively from Greek collections, display the distinctive Byzantine aesthetic that influenced the artistic traditions of neighboring cultures for over a millennium. Before the tour, join us for lunch in the Refectory at the National Gallery. Laurel Society participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the National Gallery of Art.

This is a private event for Laurel Society participants.