Anastasia Drandaki

Assistant Professor Anastasia Drandaki
The Benaki Museum & University of Athens
Assistant Professor, Archaeologist / Art Historian
Lead Researcher for the Second Beneficiary

Areas of Special Interest:
Late Antique and Medieval Metalwork; Material Culture in Late Antique and Medieval Mediterranean; the Art and Cult of Icons; Byzantine Art and Culture and its open-ended dialogue with the Latin West and the Islamic East; the Arts and History of Sinai; Exhibiting Byzantium; Science and Technology in Archaeology and Museums; Pilgrimage

PhD, BA, Faculty of History and Archaeology, School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

+30 210 7277669

Selected Publications

Dr Anastasia Drandaki is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology at the Department of History and Archaeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Academic Consultant to the Benaki Museum. From 1991 to 2017 she was the Curator of the Benaki Museum Byzantine Collection and has organized exhibitions on diverse aspects of Byzantine art and culture, including jewelry, ceramics and icons. She has published books and articles on late antique and medieval metalwork, icons and wall paintings, on the devotional practices in Byzantium, and the arts of Sinai. She is the author of Late Antique Metalware. the Production of Copper Alloy Vessels in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries: The Benaki Museum Collection and Related Material (Brepols – Bibliothèque de l’antiquité tardive 2019); Greek Icons 14th-18th century: The Rena Andreadis Collection (Milan: Skira, 2002). She has edited The Origins of El Greco: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete (New York – Athens: Onassis Foundation and Benaki Museum, 2009) and Pilgrimage to Sinai. Treasures from the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine (Athens: Benaki Museum, 2004); and co-edited Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections (Athens: Benaki Museum and the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, 2013) and Religious Art from Russia to Greece, 16th-19th c. (in Greek). From 1994 to 1996 she was Research Fellow at the University of Westminster – School of Computer Science and Information Systems Engineering, leading a research project for the Documentation of Museum Collections. She has participated in numerous EU-funded research projects, aiming at the documentation and dissemination of cultural data and museum collections. In 2013-2014 she was member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton with the support of Herodotus Fund.

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