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Mr George Bartlett

Post:Doctoral Tutor (Art History)
Other posts:Research student (Art History)
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George Bartlett is an AHRC CHASE-funded doctoral student in the department of Art History at the University of Sussex. The working title for his thesis is ‘What’s in a name? Inscribing Christ with epithets in later Byzantine art’. This research draws together the different names inscribed against images of Christ from c. 1000-1453 and will ask how these inscriptions fit within the theological context of Christ’s image-name paradigm in post-iconoclastic Byzantium. This thesis will also investigate the relationships that epithets have with Christological iconographies, challenging the conflation of epithets with so-called iconographic 'types'. Ultimately it will demonstrate that naming inscripiton help to shed new light on Byzantine perceptions of Christ through image-text relations and devotional practices.

Before starting his PhD in 2016, George studied for an undergraduate degree in Art History at Sussex in 2011-14. He took the MA specialist option ‘Byzantium and its Rivals: Art, Display and Cultural Identity in the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean’ at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2014-15. This MA was jointly funded by the Friends of the Courtauld Institute and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. George took Beginner and Intermediate Level Byzantine Greek at the University of Birmingham and Trinity College Dublin in 2015 and 2017, respectively. The former was funded by the Society for the Promotion of Hellenistic Studies.  


AHRC CHASE-funded Doctoral Candidate and Doctoral Tutor


2016 - present, PhD Art History, Univeristy of Sussex (supervisor Prof. Liz James)

2014 - 2015, MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art (supervisor Prof. Antony Eastmond) 

2011 - 2014, BA Art History, University of Sussex