Charlie Barber Professor
Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 1989
Professor Barber’s area of specialization is the history of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art, with a particular focus on the history and theory of the icon. He has also worked extensively on Byzantine aesthetics and intellectual history and with Byzantine manuscripts. He has written and edited a number of books. These include two studies of the contested status of the icon in Byzantium: Figure and Likeness: On the Limits of Representation in Byzantine Iconoclasm (2002) and Contesting the Logic of Painting: Art and Understanding in Eleventh-Century Byzantium (2007). Current and future research will lead to books that examine the status of the icon in the 14th and 16th centuries.
In addition to presenting papers at numerous domestic and international conferences and symposia, Professor Barber has co-organized several interdisciplinary workshops on Byzantine intellectual history. These have resulted in such publications as Reading Michael Psellos (2006) and Medieval Greek Commentaries on the Nicomachean Ethics (2009). Professor Barber also currently serves as the president of the United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies.
Professor Barber teaches undergraduate lecture courses on all aspects of Early Christian, Byzantine, and Post-Byzantine art. Undergraduate and graduate seminars focus on current conversations in the field and will emphasize conceptual issues.
Professor Barber is currently at work on a book that examines the intellectual grounds of late-16th-century Cretan painting, particularly the work of Michael Damaskinos, George Klontzas, and Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco). He is also overseeing a multivolume publication of translations of sources for the study of Byzantine art and aesthetics.
“Defacement,” in The Yearbook of Comparative Literature 56 (2010, published 2012).
“Regarding Prayer: Some Thoughts on the John the Baptist Icon,” in Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai, ed. Sharon Gerstel and Robert Nelson (Brepols, 2011).
“On Cult Images and the Origins of Medieval Art,” in Sinn und Un-Sinn des Kultbildes: Die Intellektualisierung und die Mystifizierung mittelalterlicher Kunst, ed. Martin Büchsel and Rebecca Müller (Mann Verlag, 2010).
“In the Presence of the Text: A Note on Writing, Speaking and Performing in the Theodore Psalter,” in Art and Text in Byzantium, ed. Liz James (Cambridge University Press, 2007).
“Icons, Prayer, and Vision in the Eleventh Century,” in Byzantine Christianity: A People's History of Christianity, ed. Derek Krueger (Augsburg Fortress, 2006).