An outstanding event devoted to Byzantine art took place in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, for the celebration of the inauguration of the exhibition “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek collections.”
The exhibition opened on October 6, and the inauguration that was scheduled for October 2 — with the presence of the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the Minister of Culture and Sports Panos Panagiotopoulos — had to be cancelled due to the shutdown of the U.S. government.
The exhibition includes 170 works which were composed in the early, middle and late Byzantine period, anywhere from the 4th to the 15th century. The exhibition presents a rich variety of rare sculptures, icons, mosaics, frescoes, manuscripts, metalwork, jewelry, glass, embroideries, and ceramics.
The exhibition is organized by the Hellenic Minister of Culture and Sports with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the National Gallery of Art Washington and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, where the exhibition will be presented from April 9 to August 25 2014.