Session801
TitleThe Byzantine Virgin Mary beyond Byzantium in the 14th and 15th Centuries
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserRossitza Schroeder, Department of Art History, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New York
 
Moderator/ChairRossitza Schroeder, Department of Art History, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New York
 
Paper 801-a One City, Three Virgins: Interpretations of the Byzantine Virgin in Medieval Novgorod
(Language: English)
Olga Yunak, Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe), Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
Index Terms: Art History - Painting; Byzantine Studies; Social History
Paper 801-b Tangled Threads: Tuscan and Byzantine Traditions of the Virgin's Pregnancy
(Language: English)
Andrea Olsen Lam, Independent Scholar, Richardson, Texas
Index Terms: Art History - General; Byzantine Studies; Religious Life
Paper 801-c Christian Images, Muslim Prayers: Gentile Bellini, Mehmed II, and the Byzantine Theotokos
(Language: English)
Rossitza Schroeder, Department of Art History, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New York
Index Terms: Art History - Painting; Byzantine Studies; Islamic and Arabic Studies
 
AbstractThis session explores how various theological and iconographic aspects of the Byzantine Virgin Mary were translated across ethnic and confessional borders. Three case studies consider the ways in which the image of Mary was reinterpreted and woven into non-Byzantine contexts. The first paper looks into monumental programs of three churches in Novgorod, each with distinctive Marian iconographies based on Byzantine sources. The second paper investigates how the transfer of Marian relics from Constantinople to Tuscany impacted Italian Marian imagery and piety. The third paper examines the ways in which the Venetian artist Gentile Bellini reconfigured the Virgin's iconography as a result of his first-hand encounter with the city of Constantinople and her Ottoman conqueror, Mehmed II.