Search Results

You are looking at 1 - 10 of 14 items for

  • Author or Editor: Michele Bacci x
  • Search level: All x
Clear All
In: Meanings and Functions of the Ruler's Image in the Mediterranean World (11th – 15th Centuries)
In: Domestic Devotions in Early Modern Italy
In: Synergies in Visual Culture / Bildkulturen im Dialog


In the times of Famagusta’s emergence as a prominent port of trade, in the 14th century, sailors started visiting an underground church known as the Madonna della Cava in Italian. Located on the city’s outskirts, it was regarded as a holy site especially associated with the specific needs of navigation, such as protection against storms or becalmed waters, and was invoked as a special protector during the crossing of the dangerous Gulf of Antalya. It was the only church in Famagusta to be included in the litany known as the Sante Parole, in which the holy sites located along the coasts of the Mediterranean and beyond were listed in geographical order.

This chapter sheds new light on the topographic location of this elusive place and the ways in which it came to be used and worshipped by both Greeks and Latins in Famagusta. It discusses the church’s widely accepted identification with either the present-day Panagia Chrysospiliotissa or the underground chapel near the Martinengo Bastion. Whereas the former’s far-off location in Kato Varosha does not match the earliest descriptions, the latter is unequivocally described in 15th- and 16th-century sources as a holy site in honor of Saint Thecla and associated with a miraculous spring. Indeed, a hitherto neglected text from 1546 locates Our Lady of the Cave in yet another location, close to the Torre dell’Oca, Famagusta’s lighthouse.

In: Famagusta Maritima
In: Domestic Devotions in Early Modern Italy
In: Mobile Eyes
In: Das Freisinger Lukasbild
In: Receptions of Hellenism in Early Modern Europe


The present paper offers some thoughts on the complex issue of Italianate elements in Cretan icon painting by emphasizing the extent to which they can be considered to stem from motifs worked out in the mid-to-late fourteenth century in the wider, fluid space between Venice and the Eastern Mediterranean. It focuses on a cluster of Marian panels that, on account of their mixed Byzantine and Western character, have been hitherto confined to the margins of art-historical research and improperly labeled as works of a so-called “Adriatic” school. The critical reassessment of these works illuminates the ways in which innovative compositional, iconographic, and stylistic solutions were developed by masters well acquainted with both Palaiologan and Venetian art, and reproduced in a chain of replicas, some of which can be reasonably attributed to Cretan workshops.

In: Frankokratia