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Lecture: “Maniera Greca” in the West, “Maniera Latina” in the Byzantine East—Piety, Politics, and Painting in the 13th to 15th Century

October 23, 2014
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission

In this lecture featuring artworks from Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, Anastasia Drandaki, curator of the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection, Benaki Museum, Athens focuses on unexplored aspects of the dialogue between Byzantine and western European art, particularly Italian painting of the period.

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The dialogue between Byzantine and Western European painting has been a major issue for decades in the history of late medieval art. The “Byzantine question” has given rise to intense academic debates, reflected in the diverse assessments of the Byzantine contribution to artistic developments in Europe, particularly in Italy. Equally telling is the plethora of terms used by art historians (e.g. maniera greca, crusader art, lingua franca, maniera latina etc) in an effort to describe and define the fluid and multifarious artistic content that sprang from the encounter between Byzantium and the West; an encounter that acquired new dynamics and ideological orientations after the sack of Constantinople by the crusaders in 1204 and the ensuing enforced coexistence of the two communities on Byzantine lands. Despite all our efforts though, there are still works whose mixed artistic language defies our clearly defined categories. What are the factors that determine the identity of a work and act as criteria for classifying it as belonging to one tradition or another? Join Anastasia Drandaki and she considers these and other questions. 

Sponsored by the Classical Art Society

Andreas Ritzos. Icon with IHS (Iesus Hominum Salvator), second half of 15th century. Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens.