Asinou across time : studies in the architecture and murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa, Cyprus / edited by Annemarie Weyl Carr and Andréas Nicolaïdès ; with contributions by Annemarie Weyl Carr [and others].

Washington, D.C. : Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, [2012], ©2012.
xii, 431 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 29 cm.


Summary note
The church of Asinou is among the most famous in Cyprus. Built around 1100, the edifice, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is decorated with accretions of images, from the famous fresco cycle executed shortly after initial construction to those made in the early seventeenth century. During this period the church served the adjacent monastery of the Mother of God ton Phorbion ("of the vetches"), and was subject to Byzantine, Lusignan (1191-1474), Venetian (1474-1570), and Ottoman rule. This monograph is the first on one of Cyprus's major diachronically painted churches. Written by an international team of renowned scholars, the book sets the accumulating phases of Asinou's art and architecture in the context of the changing fortunes of the valley, of Cyprus, and of the eastern Mediterranean. Chapters include the first continuous history of the church and its immediate setting; a thorough analysis of its architecture; editions, translations, and commentary on the poetic inscriptions; art-historical studies of the post-1105/6 images in the narthex and nave; a detailed comparative analysis of the physical and chemical properties of the frescoes; and a diachronic table of paleographical forms.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
  • Fortunes and misfortunes of a small Byzantine foundation / Gilles Grivaud
  • The architecture of the Church of the Panagia Phorbiotissa / Athanasios Papageorgiou
  • The metrical inscriptions in the murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa / Nancy Patterson Ševčenko
  • The murals of the narthex : the paintings of the twelfth century. Date and iconography / Andréas Nicolaïdès
  • The mural of St. George : technique and conservation / David Winfield
  • The murals of the narthex. The paintings of the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries / Sophia Kalopissi-Verti
  • The murals of the bema and the naos : the paintings of the late thirteenth and fourteenth centuries / Annemarie Weyl Carr
  • The murals of the Panagia Phorbiotissa : a technical examination / Ioanna Kakoulli, Michael Schilling, and Joy Mazurek
  • Conclusion / Annemarie Weyl Carr
  • Appendix. Inventory of paleographic forms in the thirteenth- and fourteenth-century murals / Annemarie Weyl Carr and Sophi Kalopissi-Verti.
  • 9780884023494 (cloth : alk. paper)
  • 0884023494 (cloth : alk. paper)
Other standard number
  • 99958026942
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