Author: Entwistle, C. and L James, eds
Title: New Light on Old Glass
Book/Journal/Conference: Recent Research on Byzantine Mosaics and Glass
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Type: Book
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publication's Location: London
Year: 2013
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Language: English
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Notes: 30 papers from a conference held at the British Museum 27-29 May, 2010.
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  • This new publication brings together a range of leading scholars from around the world to discuss the most recent research in the field of Byzantine glass and mosaics in an interdisciplinary context - ranging from art history to physics and Byzantine studies. 

    New Light on Old Glass explores how mosaics are perhaps the most outstanding examples of Byzantine art which survive; revealing changing aesthetics and issues surrounding the technical production of glass in medieval artistic practices.

    This is the first time that so many diverse papers, ranging from art history, archaeology, chemistry, physics and Byzantine studies have been assembled in one volume.

    The book is the culmination of a five-year research programme on the Composition of Byzantine Glass Mosaic Tesserae, conducted by the University of Sussex in conjunction with the British Museum and sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust.

    The Editors

    Chris Entwistle is curator of the Late Roman and Byzantine collections at the British Museum.
    Liz James is professor of Art History at the University of Sussex.


    1. ‘Glass Mosaic Tesserae from the 5th to the 6th Century Baptistry of San Giovanni alle Fonti, Milan, Italy’, Elizabeth Neri, Marco Verità and Alberto Conventi
    2. ‘Glass Tesserae from the Petra Church’, Fatma Marii
    3. ‘Studies in Middle Byzantine Glass Mosaics from Amorium’, Hanna Witte
    4. ‘Mosaic Tesserae from the Basilica of San Severo and Glass Production in Classe, Ravenna, Italy’, Cesare Fiori
    5. ‘The Observation and Conservation of Mosaics in Ravenna in the 5th and 6th Centuries’ Cetty Muscolino
    6. ‘A Quest for Wisdom’, Nadine Schibille
    7. ‘Mosaics and Materials’, Claudia Tedeschi
    8. ‘A Study of Glass Tesserae from Mosaics in the Monestareis of Daphni and Hosios Loukas’, Rossella Arletti
    9. ‘Notes on the Morphology of the Gold Glass Tesserae from Daphni Monestary’, Polytimi Loukopoulou and Antonia Moropoulou
    10. ‘Glass Producers in the Late Antique and Byzantine Texts and Papyri’, E. Marianne Stern
    11. ‘On the Manufacture of Diatreta and Cage Cups from the Pharos Beaker to the Lycurgus Cup’, Rosemarie Lierke
    12. ‘The Lycurgus Cup’, Jaś Elsner
    13. ‘Making Late Antique Gold Glass’, Daniel Thomas Howells 14. ‘Gold Glass in Late Antiquity’, Andrew Meek
    15. ‘Late Antique Glass Pendants in the British Museum’, Chris Entwistle and Paul Corby Finnery (With an appendix by Philip Fletcher)
    16. ‘A Scientific Study of Late Antique Glass Pendants in the British Museum’, Stepan Röhrs, Andrew Meek and Chris Entwistle
    17. ‘The Production and Uses of Late Antique Glass in Byzantine Thessaloniki’, Anastassios Antonaras
    18. ‘To Beautify Small Things’, Ann Terry
    19. 'Experiencing the Light’ , Claire Nesbitt
    20. ‘New Light on the “Bright Ages” ’, Claudine Bolgia
    21. ‘The Absence of Glass’ , Maria Vassilaki
    22. ‘Borders of Experimentalism, Francesca Dell’ Acqua
    23. ‘Viewing the Mosaics of the Monasteries of Hosios Loukas, Daphni and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Torcello ’, Robin Cormack
    24. 'The Abbot Philotheos, Founder of the Katholikon of Hosios Loukas’, Nano Chatzidakis
    25. ‘Recording Byzantine Mosaics in 19th –century Greece’, Dimitra Kotoula (With a contribution from Amalia G. Kakissis
    26. ‘The Christ Head at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Apse in the Bode Museum, Berlin, and Other Fake Mosaics’, Irina Andreescu - Treadgold
    27. ‘Alexandria on the Barada’, Judith S. McKenzie
    28. ‘Mosaics by Numbers, Liz James, Emõke Soproni and Bente Bjørnholt
    29. ‘Early Islamic and Byzantine Silver Stain’, Lisa Pilosi and David Whitehouse
    30. ‘Victorian or Justinianic? Painter or Practitioner? In Situ or Reverse?’ Paul Bentley

Entwistle, C. and L James, eds, New Light on Old Glass (London, British Museum Press, 2013)

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