The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): Recent Research and New Discoveries [Hardback]

Michalis Olympios (Editor); Maria Parani (Editor)

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ISBN: 9782503578033 | Published by: Brepols | Series: Studies in the Visual Cultures of the Middle Ages | Volume: 12 | Year of Publication: 2019 | Language: English 340p,
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The Art and Archaeology of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus (1192-1571): Recent Research and New Discoveries


A new collection of essays on current research in the art and archaeology of late medieval and early modern Cyprus. From a Byzantine province to an independent Latin kingdom under the Lusignan dynasty (1192/7 - 1474/89) and a colonial outpost of the Venetian maritime empire (1474/89 - 1571), the island of Cyprus, at the eastern end of the Mediterranean, is blessed with a rich and diverse medieval cultural heritage. Its monumental art and its material culture - architecture, fresco and icon painting, woodcarving, metalwork, glazed ceramics, and so on - exist at the crossroads of several artistic traditions often thought to represent mutually exclusive visual languages, such as the late medieval Gothic and Byzantine styles (in their respective variants), the local art of the Levant, and the classicizing mode of the Italian Renaissance. It is precisely this seemingly "composite" nature of medieval Cypriot artistic production that, over the years, has both divided and united scholars attempting to match styles and forms to the patronage of the various religious, ethnic, and linguistic groups (Latins, Greeks, Syrians, Armenians, and others) making up the island's complex social fabric. The seventeen essays in this volume offer a snapshot of the most recent scholarship on the art, archaeology, and material culture of Cyprus under Latin rule. Established and emerging art historians and archaeologists, both trained Byzantinists and specialists of European medieval art, come together to re-appraise the field in the light of current research, put forward new evidence from fresh archival, archaeological, or archaeometric research, and propose novel interpretations destined to blaze exciting new pathways to future study of this fascinating body of material.

Table of Contents

Michalis Olympios and Maria Parani
Introduction: Towards a More Holistic Appreciation of the Art, Archaeology, and Material Culture of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus
I. Rethinking Interpretative Frameworks for the Art of Lusignan Cyprus
Michele Bacci
The Art of Lusignan Cyprus and the Christian East: Some Thoughts on Historiography and Methodology
Anthi A. Andronikou
A Panel in Search of Identity: The Madonna di Andria between Apulia and Cyprus
II. Context Matters: New Insights into Cypriot Monumental Ensembles
Dimitrios Minasidis
Deciphering the Mural Decoration of the Royal Chapel at Pyrga: Three Elements of Theological and Royal Symbolism in Lusignan Cyprus
Barbara McNulty
Fresco at Kaminaria: Landscape as Allegory
III. Bau und Kult: Architecture and Cult in the Long Perspective
Nikolas Bakirtzis
Revisiting the Monastic Legacy of Saint Sozomenos near Potamia
Thomas Kaffenberger
A Rural Church for an Urban Elite? Thoughts on the Unfinished Sixteenth-Century Church of Agios Sozomenos
Max Ritter
Famagusta and Its Environs in the Venetian Period: The Foundation of the Monastery of Ayia Napa and the Origin of Its Fountain
Guido Petras
A Stone Iconostasis in a Multi-Confessional Sanctuary in Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus? An Art-historical Approach to the Cave Church in Ayia Napa
IV. In Search of the Lost Urban Landscapes of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus
Hesperia Iliadou and Philippe Trélat
La représentation picturale d’une architecture disparue: quelques sites chypriotes au début de la période vénitienne illustrés dans un manuscrit du XVe siècle
Nasso Chrysochou
The Investigation and Comprehension of a Medieval Building in the Walled City of Nicosia
V. Facets of Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus through the Lens of Archaeology
Fryni Hadjichristofi
New Light on the Topography of Nicosia: The “Archbishopric” Excavation
Stylianos Perdikis
Avli, Tillyria: An Unidentified Medieval Edifice
Athanasios K. Vionis, Maria Dikomitou-Eliadou, Maria Roumpou, Nick Kalogeropoulos, and Vassilis Kilikoglou
Stirring Pots on Fire: Medieval Technology, Diet, and Daily Life in Cyprus
VI. Art Production and Consumption in Venetian Cyprus
Stella Frigerio-Zeniou
Quelques réflexions et quelques portes en vue d’une nouvelle approche des iconostases chypriotes du XVIe siècle
Elena Poyiadji-Richter
Metalwork Products Destined for Cyprus? The Sixteenth-Century Dishes in the Leventis Municipal Museum of Nicosia
Georgios E. Markou
Negotiating Identity and Status: The gentiluomini’s Silverware in Venetian Cyprus
Tassos Papacostas
Renaissance Portrait Medals for Eminent Cypriots: An Untold yet Telling Tale
The Authors

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