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Galavaris, George P.

    Full Name: Galavaris, George P.

    Gender: male

    Date Born: unknown

    Date Died: 2003

    Place Born: Athens, Region of Attica, Greece

    Home Country/ies: Greece

    Subject Area(s): Byzantine (culture or style) and Medieval (European)


    Byzantinist art historian. Galavaris studied at the University of Athens. He received his Ph.D. from the department of art and archaeology at Princeton University in 1958, writing a thesis on Byzantine liturgical illustration under Kurt Weitzmann. He joined the faculty of McGill University, Montreal. In 1990 in collaboration with Weitzmann, he co-published the reseach collected on the Monastery of St. Catherine’s at Mount Sinai, Egypt, The Illuminated Manuscripts. He retired in 1994. Galavaris’ area was Byzantine manuscript illuminations. A scholar of broad interests, his research areas ranged from philosophy to poetry and liturgy. He painted professionally, played piano avocationally, and published short stories.

    Selected Bibliography

    [dissertation:] The Illustration of the Liturgical Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzenus. Ph.D., Princeton University, 1958, “Symbolism of the Imperial Costume as Displayed on Byzantine Coins.” Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society) 8 (1958): 99-117; “Seals of the Byzantine Empire.” Archaeology 12 (December 1959): 264-70; Bread and the Liturgy; the Symbolism of Early Christian and Byzantine Bread Stamps. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 1970; The Illustrations of the Prefaces in Byzantine Gospels. Vienna: Verl. d. Österr. Akad. d. Wiss., 1979; “Alexander the Great Conquerer and Captive of Death: his Various Images in Byzantine Art.” RACAR, Revue d’Art Canadienne/Canadian Art Review 16 no. 1 (1989): 12-18; and Weitzmann, Kurt. The Monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai: the Illuminated Greek Manuscripts. vol. 1, From the Ninth to the Twelfth Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1990, Holy Monastery of Iveron: the illuminated Manuscripts. Mount Athos: The Monastery, 2002.


    “George Galavaris *58.” Princeton Alumni Weekly December 17, 2003.


    "Galavaris, George P.." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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