Irene Giviashvili, PhD

Freelancer, Georgia Project

Irene Giviashvili studied Art History at Tbilisi State University, Georgia, which she graduated with a diploma of honours in 1993. Afterward, she had an opportunity to organize a study trip to north-eastern Turkey in order to re-examine medieval Georgian monuments, which since 1996 has been the focus of her research. Irene Giviashvili wrote her Ph.D. thesis on the Triconch Type in Georgian Architecture, supervised by D. Tumanishvili, and gained her degree at the Chubinashvili Institute of Georgian Art Studies in 2005. Irene Giviashvili was a fellow of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz in 2010, as part of the project Art Space and Mobility in the Early Ages of Globalization. She has been a lecturer at Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi Academy of Arts, and the University of Bilkent, Ankara. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford in 2017. She is an Affiliated Researcher at the Chubinashvili National Research Centre of Georgian Art Studies and Heritage Preservation. In collaboration with Gerhard Wolf and the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz she co-directed (with Ekaterina Gedevanishvili) the Summer School Tao-Klarjeti: History and Heritage, Movable & Immovable Monuments in 2019.

  • Art History
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Medieval art and architecture
  • Georgian Monasteries
  • Tao-Klarjeti
  • Anatolia and Islamic art
  • The Caucasus
  • Byzantium


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