Galina Tirnanic
Assistant Professor of Art History
Location: 323 Wilson Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3389
Fax: (248) 370-3377

PhD, University of Chicago, 2010, Art History
MA, University of Chicago, 1999, Art History
BA, University of California, Irvine, 1996, Art History

BS, University of California, Irvine, 1996, Information and Computer Science


Major Fields and Research Interests

Byzantine visual culture, Constantinople’s public spaces, public punishment, representations of martyrdom, relics, mental images, Byzantine magic, Medieval Venice, monumental columns, medieval representation of time

Courses Taught at Oakland University

AH 1001 Western Art: Prehistory to Medieval
AH 1002 Western Art: Renaissance to Present
AH 3220 Early Medieval, Byzantine and Roman Art
AH 3310 Renaissance Art in Italy

Recent Publications


“Politics of Martyrdom and Punishment in Byzantine Visual Culture: St. Euphemia at the Hippodrome,in Autopsia: Blut- und Augenzeugen. Extreme Repräsentationsformen des christlichen Martyriums, edited by Carolin Behrmann and Elisabeth Priedl, Wilhelm Fink, 2013


 “Image in Pain: Icons, Old Bones and New Blood,” in Beholding Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, edited by Allie Terry and Erin Labbie, Ashgate Publishing Limited, UK, 2012

 “Divine Images and Earthly Authority at the Chora Parekklesion in Constantinople,” in Negotiating Secular and Sacred in Medieval Art: Christian, Islamic and Buddhist, edited by Alicia Walker and Amanda Luyster, Ashgate Publishing Limited, UK, 2009


Sacred Possessions: Collecting Italian Religious Art 1500-1900, eds. Gail Feigenbaum and Sybille Ebert Schifferer with Galina Tirnanic, Getty Research Institute Publications, 2010

In progress


 “Imperial Justice and Universal History at the Forum of Constantine,in Place and Performance: Theorizing Architectural Spaces in Ancient World(s), edited by Catherine Becker and Omur Harmansah (essay)


The Art of Punishment: The Spectacle of the Body on the Streets of Constantinople (book manuscript)


Invited Lectures and Symposia (selection)


“Visualizing Punishment in Byzantium: Disseminating Memories of Quelled Revolts Before the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” presented at the Mahindra Center for the Humanities, Harvard University, Cambridge, April 25-27, 2014

Rec i slika u Vizantiji(Word and Image in Byzantium), Faculty of Philology and Art (FILUM), University of Kragujevac, Serbia, January 20, 2012


Mutilated Eyes, Distorted Images: Blinding in Byzantium,American Research Institute in Turkey, Istanbul, June 6, 2011


“The Image of Punishment in Constantinople,Bogazici University, Istanbul, May 5, 2011


“Suffering Iconoclasm: Icons, Martyrs and Relics in Constantinople,Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Central European University, Budapest, January 20, 2011


“The Art of Punishment: The Spectacle of the Body on the Streets of Constantinople,Bowling Green State University, Ohio, November 9, 2009


“Seeing the Invisible: Presence and Absence in Byzantine Icons,Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, April 16, 2006