Slobodan Ćurčić  Professor Emeritus


Slobodan Ćurčić

Professor EmeritusEarly Christian/Byzantine Architecture and Monumental Decoration


Ph.D., New York University, 1971

Professor Ćurčić specializes in late antique and Byzantine art and architecture, particularly in the geographic areas of the Balkan Peninsula, Cyprus, and Sicily.

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Current Research

His current research projects on Byzantine architecture focus on historiographical issues; towers; monastic architecture; secular-ecclesiastical links in Byzantine architecture; functional, stylistic, and other distinctive qualities in Byzantine architecture; the relevance of terminology; etc.

Selected Recent Publications

“The Church as a Symbol of Cosmos in Byzantine Architecture and Art,” in Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, exhibition catalogue, ed. Anastasia Drandaki, Demetra Papanikola-Bakirtzi, Anastasia Tourta (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, and Benaki Museum, 2013).

“Divine Light: Symbolic and Material Aspects of Byzantine Architecture,” in Architecture of the Sacred: Space, Ritual, and Experience from Classical Greece to Byzantium, ed. Bonna D. Wescoat and Robert G. Ousterhout (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

“Aesthetic Shifts in Late Antique Art: Abstraction, Dematerialization, and Two-Dimensionality,” in Transition to Christianity: Art of Late Antiquity, 3rd–7th Century AD, ed. Anastasia Lazaridou (Alexander S. Onassis Foundation, 2011).

“Relevance and Irrelevance of Space in Byzantine Ecclesiastical Architecture,” in The Notion of Space in Byzantine Architecture, Aimos-EMMABP, 4th Seminar, ed. Evangelia Hadjitryphonos (University Studio Press, Thessalonike, 2011).

“‘Living Icons’ in Byzantine Churches: Image and Practice in Eastern Christianity,” in Spatial Icons: Performativity in Byzantium and Medieval Russia, ed. Alexei Lidov (Indrik, 2011).

“Architecture as Icon,” in Architecture as Icon: Perceptions and Representations of Architecture in Byzantine Art, exhibition catalogue, ed. Slobodan Ćurčić and Evangelia Hadjitryphonos (Princeton University Art Museum, 2010).

“Christianization of Thessalonike: The Making of Christian Urban Topography,” in From Roman to Early Christian Thessalonike: Studies in Religion and Archaeology, ed. Laura Nasrallah, Charalambos Bakirtzis, and Steven J. Friesen (Harvard Divinity School, 2010).

Architecture in the Balkans from Diocletian to Süleyman the Magnificent (Yale University Press, 2010).

“Representations of Towers in Byzantine Art: The Question of Meaning,” in Byzantine Art: Recent Studies; Essays in Honor of Lois Drewer, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies 378, ed. Colum Hourihane (Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2009).

“Byzantine Aspects of Church Towers in Norman Sicily,” in Byzantino-Sicula V: Giorgio d’Antiochia; L’arte della politica in Sicilia nel XII secolo tra Bizanzio e l’Islam, ed. Mario Re and Cristina Rognoni (Istituto siciliano di studi bizantini e neoellenici “Bruno Lavagnini,” 2009).