Rev. Dn. Evan Freeman

Rev. Dn. Evan Freeman

Lecturer in Liturgical Art

Educational Background

  • B.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, Art, Gordon College
  • M.Div., St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • M.A., History of Art, Yale University
  • M.Phil., History of Art, Yale University
  • Ph.D. (candidate), History of Art, Yale University

Teaching Interests

  • Liturgical Arts

Current Projects and Research Interests

I’m currently working on my doctoral dissertation, “Ritual Object, Ritual Space: Art, Agency, and Performance in the Middle Byzantine Liturgy,” in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University. My research examines Middle Byzantine portable liturgical objects like the chalice and diskos, Gospel book, processional cross, rhipidion, censer, and vestments, not only as functional tools, but also as theological signifiers and active agents in the performance of the liturgy.

I’m also involved in the Sacred Arts Initiative of St. Vladimir’s Seminary.

Recent Courses Taught at SVOTS

  • The Liturgical Space and Practice of Three Hierarchs Chapel

Selected Publications

  • “Flesh and Spirit: Divergent Orthodox Readings of the Iconic Body in Byzantium and the Twentieth Century,” in Personhood in the Byzantine Christian Tradition: Early, Medieval, and Modern Perspectives, ed. Alexis Torrance and Symeon Paschalidis (London and New York: Routledge, 2018), 137-160.
  • Review of Beauty, Spirit, Matter: Icons in the Modern World, by Aidan Hart, St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 60.4 (2016): 523-529.
  • “Rethinking the Role of Style in Orthodox Iconography: The Invention of Tradition in the Writings of Florensky, Ouspensky and Kontoglou” in Church Music and Icons: Windows to Heaven, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, 3-9 June 2013 (Joensuu, Finland: International Society for Orthodox Church Music, 2015), 350-369.

Recent Conference Presentations and Activities

  • “Visualizing Incarnation and Passion in the Middle Byzantine Prothesis Rite,” Medieval-Renaissance Forum, History of Art Department, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. March 27, 2018
  • "Ritual Object, Represented Object: Visualizing Liturgy in the Byzantine Church Program,” Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. February 17, 2017.
  • “Ressourcement and Innovation: Leonid Ouspensky and the Revival of ‘Traditional’ Iconography in the Twentieth Century,” Sophia Institute – Eighth Annual International Conference: The Sacred Arts of Eastern Orthodoxy: Icon, Music, Rhetoric, Architecture and Artifacts, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, 2015
  • “Leonid Ouspensky’s Contributions to Modern Orthodox Iconology and the Challenge of History,” 2014 AATSEEL Conference, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, Chicago, Illinois , 2014
  • “Translating Liturgical Objects: Middle Byzantine Chalices and Two Twelfth Century Kraters from Novgorod,” International Conference of Cyril & Methodios, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2013
  • “Beyond Style as a Criterion of Orthodoxy: Orthodox Iconatrophy in the Writings of Florensky, Ouspensky, and Kontoglou, and Suggestions for a New Orthodox Iconology,” Church Music and Icons: Windows to Heaven, The International Society for Orthodox Church Music, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland, 2013
  • “Iconographic Programming in a Byzantine Manuscript?—Morgan Library M.639,” with Richard Schneider, Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 2013
  • “Salvation History and Symbolist Aestheticism: Florovsky's Critique of Florensky's Ecclesiology,” The Body of the Living Christ: The Patristic Doctrine of the Church, Annual Patristic Symposium, Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Christian Theological Society, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 2012
  • “Mediatrix and Intercessor: The Marian Iconography of the Musée de Cluny’s Byzantine Processional Cross,” Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2011
  • “Entry and Offering: The Marian Iconology of the Cluny Processional Cross,” Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies, Pappas Patristic Institute, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts, 2009

Recent Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship, 2016
  • Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art & Culture, Dissertation Grant, 2016