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Galina Tirnanic

woman in a blue shirt in front of a wood paneled wall, smiling at the camera 

Associate Professor of Art History
Art History Program Director

Location: 323 West Wilson Hall
Phone: (248) 370-3389
Fax: (248) 370-3377
[email protected]

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

AH 1001 Western Art: Prehistory to Medieval

AH 1002 Western Art: Renaissance to Present

AH 3220 Early Medieval, Byzantine and Romanesque Art

AH 3240 Islamic Art

AH 3310 Renaissance Art in Italy

AH 3350 Baroque Art                                                       

AH 3910 Visual Cultures of the Italian Peninsula (Study Abroad in Art History)           

AH 4998/9 Senior Thesis in Art History I and II

Recent Publications

“A Touch of Violence: Feeling Pain, Perceiving Pain in Byzantium.” Knowing Bodies, Passionate Souls: Sense Perceptions in Byzantium. Edited by Susan Ashbrook Harvey and Margaret Mullett, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, 2017.

“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)

“The Pain of Others: Senses and Emotions in Byzantine Images of Punishment.” Presented at “Iconography of Pain” conference at the University of Rijeka, Croatia, May 30-June 2, 2018.

“The Triumphal Gateway of Venice: Columns on the Piazzetta di San Marco.” Presented in the panel “Venice, Materiality, and the Byzantine World” at the 53rd International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 10-13, 2018.

“Shame and Fear in the Streets of Constantinople.” Presented, at the Annual Conference of the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, with the theme “Communities, Imaginations and Emotions in the Medieval Mediterranean,” Ghent University, Belgium, July 10-17, 2017.

“Blinding in Byzantium.” Public lecture at Wayne State University, February 9, 2017.

“Touched by the Law: Perceiving the Pain of the Condemned in Byzantium.” Public lecture at Lafayette College, PA, October 5, 2016.

“Invisible Bonds: Image and Its Source of Power in Byzantine Popular Beliefs.” Presented in the thematic session “Type and Archetype in Byzantine Cultural Landscape” at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade, Serbia, August 22-27, 2016.

“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.

Oakland University Art and Art History

310 Wilson Hall
Rochester , MI 48309
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phone: (248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377