Zoom Lecture by Yuliana Boycheva with the topic "RICONTRANS: Visual Culture, Piety and Propaganda: Transfer and Reception of Russian Religious Art in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean (16th - early 20th c.)"
The lecture is part of a series launched in collaboration with the Institute for Mediterranean Studies-FORTH and the Institute of European Studies of the University of California, Berkeley for the research in history undertaken in both establishments to enhance communication, knowledge and exchange of ideas. This is one of four ERC projects carried out by the research groups of IMS-FORTH.
The RICONTRANS project studies the thousands of Russian icons and other religious art objects (utensils, liturgical vestments and veils, books) that might be found actually everywhere in churches, monasteries and museums on the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. These piety objects came from Russia to the region through official or unofficial and private donations, pilgrimage and trade. In their long history, the Russian religious artefacts acquire various interrelated religious/ideological, political and aesthetic meanings, values and uses. Their transfer and reception is a significant component of the larger cultural process of transformation of the artistic language and visual culture in the region and its transition from medieval to modern idioms. It is at the same time a process reflecting the changing cultural and political relations between Russia and the Orthodox communities in the Ottoman Empire and its successor states in the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean over a long period of time (16th to early 20th century).
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Time: May 10, 2021 08:00 PM Athens
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