Who’s Who: Angeliki Lymberopoulou

Who are you and what do you do at the OU? What modules are you involved in/have been involved in?

I am Angeliki Lymberopoulou, and I am Senior Lecturer in Art History. Since I joined the Art History department at The Open University in 2004, I have been involved in the following modules (in order of level): AXR272; AA100; A216; A226; AD281; A275 (Classical Studies module); A354; AA315; A424; A843; A844; A847. My beloved and most precious ‘baby’ is AA315 (the highly successful and popular Renaissance Art Reconsidered), while an adorable close second is AXR272 (the very much praised Residential School in Art History). Both modules hold and will always hold a special place in my heart.

What are your main research areas?

My main research area is Byzantine art and culture, primarily of the later period (13th to 17th centuries) with a focus on cross-cultural interaction between Byzantium and the West; donors of lower class standing and income; artists; iconographical and stylistic exchanges and developments in late Byzantine art as a consequence of anthropological interactions; ‘globality’ of Byzantine (Cretan) art within its time, geographical space, cultural and religious make-up.

What Open Arts Objects films have you done? Are they related to your research or a module?

I recorded the ‘Noli Me Tangere’ icon at the British Museum, and for Critical terms I recorded ‘Iconography’ with Rembrandt Duits; both are directly related to my research interests and publications. Furthermore, they are directly related to the (now concluded) Level 3 Art History module (AA315), to the current MA in Art History (A843 and A844) and closely related to the Level 2 Art History module A226 (Exploring Art and Visual Culture).

What did you love most about doing an Open Arts Objects film?

I really loved the opportunity the Open Arts Objects filming presented me to view the ‘Noli Me Tangere’ icon with fresh eyes. In order to make the icon accessible to a wider audience, I had to step into the shoes of a non-expert, which offered me a different entry into exploring the panel – and I loved it even more for it!

What is your most significant publication or latest publication? How does it relate to the films?

I would like to think that my most significant publication is always the next one, since publishing entails a constant learning curve. As things stand, I would say  the ground-breaking publication facilitated by Leverhulme-funded research, Hell in the Byzantine World: A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean, Volume 1: Essays and Volume 2: A Catalogue of the Cretan Material, published by Cambridge University Press in 2020 (I edited volume 1 and co-authored volume 2 with my husband, Rembrandt Duits, also an art historian). The publication accompanies an open access database. 

I also co-edited Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe, published by Ashgate in 2013. The whole concept of the volume is related to AA315 and to my research that explores the significance of the artistic production on Venetian Crete (13th-17th centuries).


What got you interested in Art History?

The magnificent Indiana Jones – because in Greece, where I did my BA, the study of Byzantine Art is grouped with Archaeology!

For more information about my publications and research interests, please see my OU people profile.

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