Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages, edited by Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan, engages with issues of cultural contact and patronage, as well as the transformation and appropriation of Byzantine artistic, theological, and political models, alongside local traditions, across Eastern Europe. The regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and early modern Russia have been treated in scholarship within limited frameworks or excluded altogether from art historical conversations. This volume encourages different readings of the artistic landscapes of Eastern Europe during the late medieval period, highlighting the cultural and artistic productions of individual centers. These ought to be considered individually and as part of larger networks, thus revealing their shared heritage and indebtedness to artistic and cultural models adopted from elsewhere, and especially from Byzantium.
Maria Alessia Rossi (Ph.D., Courtauld Institute of Art, 2017) is an Art History Specialist at the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University, specializing in the artistic exchanges between the Byzantine Empire, the Balkans, and the West in the Late Middle Ages.
Alice Isabella Sullivan (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2017) is a historian of art, architecture, and visual culture, specializing in the artistic production of East-Central Europe and the Byzantine-Slavic cultural spheres between c. 1300 and c. 1700.
Acknowledgments List of Illustrations Notes on Contributors
Introduction Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan
The Allegory of Wisdom in Chrelja’s Tower Seen through Philotheos Kokkinos Justin L. Willson
How Byzantine was the Moscow Inauguration of 1498? Alexandra Vukovich
Intellectual Relationships between the Byzantine and Serbian Elites during the Palaiologan Era Elias Petrou
An Unexpected Image of Diplomacy in a Vatican Panel Marija Mihajlovic-Shipley
Byzantine Heritage and Serbian Ruling Ideology in Early 14th-Century Monumental Painting Maria Alessia Rossi
Dečani between the Adriatic Littoral and Byzantium Ida Sinkević
Triconch Churches Sponsored by Serbian and Wallachian Nobility Jelena Bogdanović
Moldavian Art and Architecture between Byzantium and the West Alice Isabella Sullivan
The Byzantine Tradition in Wallachian and Moldavian Embroideries Henry David Schilb
Rethinking the Veglia Altar Frontal from the Victoria and Albert Museum and Its Patron Danijel Ciković and Iva Jazbec Tomaić
The interdisciplinary scope of this publication makes it appealing to Byzantinists, medievalists, and early modern researchers. In addition to specialists, this volume will appeal to students and a general audience.