College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art History

Department of
Art History

A cutting from the lower border of a manuscript (Johann Plaecsaert, artist)

Sarah Bassett

Sarah Bassett Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Adjunct Associate Professor of Classical Studies
Core Faculty Ancient Studies
Core Faculty Medieval Studies
Affiliate: Russian and East European Institute

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Office hours: On sabbatical 2019-2020


Ph.D. Bryn Mawr College, 1985
M.A. University of Chicago, 1980
B.A. Smith College, 1976

Research Interests

  • late antique, early medieval and Byzantine aesthetics
  • late antique portraiture
  • early Christian icons
  • the reception of the classical past in late antiquity and the Byzantine middle ages
  • late antique and early medieval urbanism

Selected Publications


Sarah Bassett
  • The Urban Image of Late Antique Constantinople (Cambridge University Press, 2004)


  • "The Late Antique Image of Menander," Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 48 (2008): 201-25.
  • "Style and Meaning in the Imperiall Panels at San Vitale" Artibus et Historiae 57 (2008): 49-57.
  • "'Excellent offerings': the Lausos Collection in Constantinople," Art Bulletin, 72 (2000): 6-2.
  • "Historiae custos: sculpture and tradition in the Baths of Zeuxippos, "American Journal of Archaeology, 100 (1996) 491-506.
  • "Antiquities in the Hippodrome of Constantinople, " Dumbarton Oaks Papers 45 (1992) 82-9.

Honors and Awards

  • Member Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • Fellow, American Research Institute in Turkey
  • Fellow, Byzantine Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Fellow, National Endowment for the Humanities

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Ancient and Medieval Art (A101)
  • Problems in Byzantine Art (A626)
  • Topics in Medieval Art: Art & Architecture in the 6th Century (A329)
  • Byzantine Art (A425)
  • Survey of Medieval Art (A226)
  • Problems in Early Christian Art (A621)
  • Early Medieval Art (A321)
  • Early Christian Art (A421)

Department of Art History
Radio/TV Building 316
1229 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: 812-855-9390
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.