The art and archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571) : recent research and new discoveries / Michalis Olympios, Maria Parani.

  • English
  • French
  • Turnhout, Belgium : Brepols [2019]
  • ©2019
441 pages : illustrations (some color), plans ; 28 cm.


Host institution
  • Studies in the visual cultures of the Middle Ages ; v. 12. [More in this series]
  • Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages ; vol. 12
Summary note
"From a Byzantine province to an independent Latin kingdom under the Lusignan dynasty (11929/27-1474/89) and a colonial outpost of the Venetian maritime empire (1474/89-1571), the island of Cyprus, at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, is blessed with a rich and diverse medieval cultural heritage. Its monumental art and its material culture - architecture, fresco and icon painting, woodcarving, metalwork, glazed ceramics, and so on - exist at the crossroads of several artistic traditions often thought to represent mutually exclusive visual languages, such as the late medieval Gothic and Byzantine styles (in their respective variants), the local art of the Levant, and the classicizing mode of the Italian Renaissance. It is precisely this seemingly 'composite' nature of medieval Cypriot artistic production that, over the years, has both divided and united scholars attempting to match styles and forms to the patronage of the various religious, ethnic, and linguistic groups (Latins, Greeks, Syrians, Armenians, and others) making up the island's complex social fabric. The seventeen essays in this volume offer a snapshot of the most recent scholarship on the art, archaeology, and material culture of Cyprus under Latin rule. Established and emerging art historians and archaeologists, both trained Byzantinists and specialists of European medieval art, come together to re-appraise the field in the light of current research, put forward new evidence from fresh archival, archaeological, or archaeometric research, and propose novel interpretations destined to blaze exciting new pathways to future study of this fascinating body of material."-- Publisher's website.
"This book derives from an international conference held in [December 12-14] 2014 at the Archaeological Research Unit of the University of Cyprus."--Page 5.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 351-405) and index.
Language note
Contributions in English, with 2 in French.
Introduction: Towards a More Holistic Appreciation of the Art, Archaeology, and Material Culture of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus / Michalis Olympios and Maria Parani -- The Art of Lusignan Cyprus and the Christian East: Some Thoughts on Historiography and Methodology / Michele Bacci -- A Panel in Search of Identity: The Madonna di Andria between Apulia and Cyprus / Anthi A. Andronikou -- Hunting with Falcons and Its Symbolism: A Depiction in the Royal Chapel at Pyrga / Dimitrios Minasidis -- Revisiting the Monastic Legacy of Saint Sozomenos near Potamia / Nikolas Bakirtzis -- A Rural Church for an Urban Elite? Thoughts on the Unfinished Sixteenth-Century Church of Agios Sozomenos / Thomas Kaffenberger -- Famagusta and Its Environs in the Venetian Period: The Foundation of the Monastery of Ayia Napa and the Origin of Its Fountain / Max Ritter -- A Stone Iconostasis in a Multi-Confessional Sanctuary in Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus? An Art-historical Approach to the Cave Church in Agia Napa / Guido Petras -- La représentation picturale d'une architecture disparue: quelques sites chypriotes au début de la période vénitienne illustrés dans un manuscrit du XVe siècle / Hesperia Iliadou and Philippe Trélat -- The Investigation and Comprehension of a Medieval Building in the Walled City of Nicosia / Nasso Chrysochou -- New Light on the Topography of Nicosia: The "Archbishopric" Excavation / Fryni Hadjichristofi -- Avli, Tillyria: An Unidentified Medieval Edifice / Stylianos Perdikis -- Stirring Pots on Fire: Medieval Technology, Diet, and Daily Life in Cyprus / Athanasios K. Vionis, Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, Maria Roumpou, Nick Kalogeropoulos, and Vassilis Kilikoglou -- Quelques réflexions et quelques portes en vue d'une nouvelle approche des iconostases chypriotes du XVIe siècle / Stella Frigerio-Zeniou -- Metalwork Products Destined for Cyprus? The Sixteenth-Century Dishes in the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia / Elena Poyiadji-Richter -- Negotiating Identity and Status: The Silverware of the Cypriot Nobles in Renaissance Venice / Georgios E. Markou -- Renaissance Portrait Medals for Eminent Cypriots: An Untold yet Telling Tale / Tassos Papacostas.
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