"Art of the Ethiopian Church: the Formation of an African Artistic Tradition"

The UCLA Department of Art History and the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies present Marilyn Heldman discussing Ethiopian art.

Thursday, February 16, 2006
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
314 Royce Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The religious art of highland Christian Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa is strikingly different from the pre-modern arts of West and Central Africa.  The beginnings of the artistic tradition in highland Ethiopia, or Abyssinia, go back to the fourth century when Ezana, ruler of the ancient state of Aksumite, converted to Christianity.  The Christian religion had first arrived at Aksum along with luxury goods, merchants, and other travelers via the trade routes of the Red Sea that linked Aksum with the Roman Empire and India.  Although the iconography and to an extent the style of Ethiopian religious art were shared with Christian art of the Eastern Mediterranean and Europe, this lecture, will illustrate Ethiopian religious art's unique qualities as it developed through the centuries.
Special Instructions

No RSVP required.

Cost : Free and open to the public; parking is available for $8.

For more information please contact:

Center for Medieval andRenaissance Studies

Tel: 310-825-1880


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Art History, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies