In collaboration with the University of York, the project aimed to explore any possible links between Catholic and Orthodox art during the fourteenth century.
Whilst comparisons between thirteenth-century Western and Eastern Christian art are plentiful, the fourteenth century is considered as the culmination of the rupture between the two, a rupture that was at first outlined by the Fourth Crusade and the following sack of Constantinople in 1204. Yet, documentary evidence informs us that these years are characterised by continuous exchanges between the Orthodox and the Catholic Christian worlds, ranging from embassies, to trade and diplomatic gifts.
Exploring Fourteenth-Century Art Across the Eastern and Western Christian World aims to engage with documentary and visual evidence in order to re-examine traditional views on both Eastern and Western Christian art. It proposes a loose understanding of the fourteenth century that includes the end of the thirteenth and the beginning of the fifteenth to offer a more comprehensive contextualisation.
Project leaders: Maria Alessia Rossi (PhD student, The Courtauld) and Livia Lupi (PhD student, University of York).
2 November 2016: Lecture by Dr Elena Papastavrou, Ephorate of Antiquities of Pieria, Hellenic Ministry of Culture, The Virgin Singing the Magnificat, the Virgin Carrying the Divine Word: Symbolism and Signs between Byzantine and Western Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, 5.30pm
27 February 2017: Lecture by Dr Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), title tbc, University of York, 4pm.
The first event of the project was a postgraduate workshop entitled A Severed Bond?. It took place at The Courtauld Institute of Art on 15 May 2015. The event brought together eight postgraduate students working on medieval art history. The speakers presented on a range of artistic media including fresco, panel painting and metalwork in order to challenge traditional interpretations of fourteenth-century art and also elucidate any possible points of artistic contact between the eastern and western Christian world. A Severed Bond? was funded by the Research Forum of The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Department of History of Art of the University of York.