A researcher of the art of the Middle East from the Hellenistic period (the end of the 4th century BCE) to the beginning of the Abbasid period (middle of the 8th century CE).>>>
In her works, she studies the interactions between ethnic and religious groups that took place in this geographical area, including the mosaic floors that decorated the homes of the rich, palaces, synagogues, churches and monasteries in Israel and Jordan. These studies culminated in her book, Mosaics of Faith: Floors of Pagans, Jews, Samaritans, Christians, and Muslims in the Holy Land. An additional area of her research is Ummayad Art and its Sassanian, Byzantine, Coptic and pre-Muslim Arab sources. Her other studies involve the literary descriptions of works of art from which one can learn about the ways visual presentations were viewed at the end of Antiquity. Her most recent research deals with the interior design of synagogues and churches at the end of the Roman period as an arena for liturgical representations.
Rina Talgam is Alice and Edward Winant Professor of Art History. She received the Michael Milken Prize for continued excellence in teaching, and was invited to teach as a visiting professor at Yale University and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.