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Visual Arts 

Art reveals the soul of the nation and studies into art do tell much about inner world of societies. The soul of Lithuania is represented in art and music filled with nature sounds and colors of the Northern Europe, antique folklore and influences exerted upon Lithuanian world views by differing streams of Western and Eastern art. One can read the history of Lithuanian culture through the works of art starting from wooden sculpture and wooden altars of rural churches and to postmodern installations, films, and video art at the largest art center in the Baltics. Art in Lithuania is unique in many specific ways. E.g. Vilnius possesses the largest baroque Old Town North of the Alps that is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, while Song and Dance Celebrations gather together tens of thousands amateur and professional artists for united concerts and have been inscribed in the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Art does not serve our mental life only. It finds its way into everyday life through design. And the studies of design are import for building our world, be it technological design, web design, or packaging design. Design is the discipline where arts and social sciences, such as psychology, economics or law, intersect. Therefore design studies are an important field of activities of VILIAS.

Lithuanian is widely acknowledged to be the most archaic language in Europe, a sibling of Latin and Sanskrit. And it is still impressive for its richness of words and terms to describe colors, sounds, feelings, interrelationships between a human and the nature. Although the first book in Lithuanian has been written in the middle of the 16th century only, Lithuania has gathered significant and very specific literature experience. The European fame of Latin writing Lithuanian poets should be recalled, and especially Matthias Casimirus Sarbievius who had been awarded a laurel wreath by the Pope Urban VIII in the manner only Dante Alighieri and Francesco Petrarca had been honored. The character of the Lithuanian literature has significantly been determined by the troubled pasts of the country. The most significant names of Lithuanian authors come from the times of national revival in the end of 19th century, the time when the Czarist Russia had banned Latin alphabet while smugglers of books are still recounted as national heroes. Lithuanian literature had also to spend more than 50 years under the rigid soviet censorship and had to learn how to write metaphorically in order to avoid sanctioning and get published. This also explains why Lithuanian literature is many-layer, with amplitude of symbols and secretive meanings that the readers have to decipher, psychological depths un understandable to censors but touching upon the soul of the nation and hearts of the readers.






Art History

Art and Identity

Art Censorship

Renaissance Poetics and Rhetoric

Latin Poetry of the XVII-XVIII Centuries 

Ancient Literature

Comparative Literature