Maksim Grek between Two Worlds, lecture by Justin Willson (Icon Museum & Study Center), Sacramento State University via Zoom, February 14, 2024, 9:00 am PST
Maksim Grek (d. 1556) is one of the more perplexing figures of the early modern Greek diaspora. Trained by Ianos Laskaris, he studied in Florence and Venice before taking orders on Athos. Later he was summoned to Moscow to help with translating the Psalter into Slavonic. In this presentation I discuss Maksim’s writings in Slavonic alongside his poetic output in Greek, asking what the two prongs of his corpus reveal about his negotiation of Hellenic identity. My focus will be on a collection of letters discussing questions pertaining to visual culture as well as poems on liturgical objects for major Greek religious figures.
Justin Willson is Curator at the Icon Museum & Study Center in Clinton, MA. His research focuses on the evolution of artistic concepts in later Byzantium and the early modern Slavic world.