For nearly 1,500 years, the face of Christ has been depicted in remarkably similar ways, by illustrators of all backgrounds, from Byzantine mosaicists to Hollywood filmmakers. Why is the face so frequently depicted this way? Bring your lunch to this richly illustrated talk in which Gary Vikan will explore the emergence of the "canonical" face of Christ in the early medieval period.
Dr. Vikan will explore the use of that face in Orthodox devotion, and how, over the centuries, it was subtly adapted theologically and stylistically to suit the various Christian nations of the world.
Dr. Gary Vikan is the director of the Walters Art Museum.