I am an art historian working on the Byzantine and Early Medieval art. I have studied in Russia, Italy, and France and obtained a rich experience of different academic approaches in art historical scholarship. I currently work at the British Museum as one of the postdocs of the ‘Empires of Faith’ project (http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/research_projects/all_current_projects/empires_of_faith.aspx), dedicated to the appearance of religious imagery across Asia and Europe in the period of Late Antiquity (AD 200-800). The project is jointly coordinated by the British Museum (London) and Oxford University. Within the project, I am focusing on the Eastern Christian visual culture and its relation to other religious traditions. I also benefit from being one of the Junior Research Fellows of Wolfson college in Oxford.
My research is primarily dedicated to the early icons of the Mother of God in Rome and Byzantium, their history, life and presentation within a liturgical space. I am very much interested in the origins of the Marian cult, as well as in the problem of icon veneration. I am currently preparing my monograph on the Early Roman Icons of the Virgin for publication. In my work, I explore the cultural and historical interaction between the two capitals of the Late Roman Empire (Constantinople and Rome). Besides preiconoclastic period, I have been working on twelfth-century painting and the problems of artists’ signatures in Byzantium. In my research, I tend to use a multidisciplinary approach and discuss the material evidence on a par with literary and historical sources. I am deeply interested in contemporary methodologies in the field of Byzantine studies and in new ways of interpreting the surviving visual material. Most recently, I have been working on the problem of historiography and studied the rise of the Byzantine art historical scholarship in Late Imperial Russia (late19th-early 20th century). As a member of the Empires of Faith project, I am actively participating in the preparation of the exhibition to be held at the Ashmolean in 2017.