Armchair travel: Ethiopia BOOKED OUT
The heart of civilisation
Ethiopia resonates as the birthplace of humanity, where Lucy, the Australopithecus, was the first of the hominids to stand on two feet. Now, 3.2 million years later, her homeland stands out as one of the most vibrant examples of African civilisation.
In this talk, Dr Christopher Hartney will concentrate on the rarely discussed importance of Axumite and Abyssinian art, culture and civilisation on late antiquity and the Byzantine Empire in particular.
There will be an overview of the great 12th-century project by King Lalibela to re-construct the whole of Jerusalem by carving church after church from single blocks of stone in the town that bears his name. The stunning peculiarity of Orthodox iconography in Ethiopia will be discussed, as will many aspects of Ethiopian nature and modern culture.
Christopher will lead the Art Gallery Society’s tour Ethiopia: the heart of civilisation in November this year. Find out more
10am Coffee, Domain Theatre Foyer
10.30am Talk, Centenary Auditorium
Image: Detail from Ethiopian icon showing Negus Lalibela by an unknown artist, 15th century, originally made in the Lalibela area of Ethiopia.
Saturday 17 May 2014, 10am
Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1878
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Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium