North of Byzantium: Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres, c.1300-c.1550 (I & II)
This double-session explores the art and architecture of regions that developed at the crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres. Parts of the Balkans, the Carpathians, and early modern Russia adopted, transformed, and reinterpreted the cultural and artistic traditions of the Byzantine Empire in the century leading up to the events of 1453, and in the decades that followed. Papers in session I engage with issues of cross-cultural contact, appropriation of artistic forms and imperial imagery alongside local traditions, ranging from architecture to embroidery and icons. In session II, panelists address issues of patronage, artistic integration, and the transmission, reception, and reinterpretation of byzantine and western sources in monumental painting, sculpture, and written texts.