Position Professor of Art History Academic Area Art History Office Hours By Appointment Only Location Lamar Dodd School of Art, Main Building | Room N316 Email email@example.com CV CVKirin2015.pdf Research Focus Changing perceptions of Byzantine art Different ways in which Europeans and Americans engage the ancient and medieval cultural heritage Asen Kirin's original training was in Sofia where he was born, and at Moscow University as well, was in Slavonic philology with a concentration on Cyrillic epigraphy. Subsequently, Kirin pursued the history of art and architecture during his graduate studies in the United States. He holds an M.A. from Vanderbilt and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. He has received two fellowships from Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University. He teaches courses in Late Antique, Byzantine and Russian art and architecture. His early publications dealt with Post-Byzantine frescoes and their inscriptions and with late antique architecture and urbanism. Also, he has written on the interplay of late Byzantine architecture, mural painting and natural landscape. His research into the changing perceptions of Byzantine art, as well as the different ways in which Europeans and Americans engage the ancient and medieval cultural heritage, led him to initiate and curate two exhibitions focusing on the history of art collecting. The first of them was Sacred Art, Secular Context: Objects of Art from the Byzantine Collection of Dumbarton Oaks (Georgia Museum of Art 2005); the second involved the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens—Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762-1796), (Georgia Museum of Art, September 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014; Hillwood, February 14 to June 8, 2014). Currently he is conducting research on an unpublished and never displayed private collection of Russian art numbering 2,629 objects. A representative selection from this collection’s holdings will be featured in an exhibition titled Gifts, Prayer and Salvation in the Romanov Empire; the show will be mounted at the Georgia Museum of Art from September 3 to December 31, 2016.