Charles E. Barber

Donald Drew Egbert Professor of Art and Archaeology


(609) 258–0352


371 McCormick Hall


Charlie Barber’s area of specialization is the history of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine art, with a particular focus on the history and theory of the icon.  He has also worked extensively on Byzantine aesthetics and intellectual history and with Byzantine manuscripts.

He has written and edited a number of books.  These include two studies of the contested status of the icon in Byzantium: Figure and Likeness: On the Limits of Representation in Byzantine Iconoclasm (2002) and Contesting the Logic of Painting: Art and Understanding in Eleventh-Century Byzantium (2007).  Current and future research will lead to books that examine the status of the icon in the fourteenth and sixteenth centuries

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