Publication – Anthi Andronikou, »Italy, Cyprus, and Artistic Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean »

In this volume Anthi Andronikou explores the social, cultural, religious and trade encounters between Italy and Cyprus during the late Middle Ages, from ca. 1200 -1400, and situates them within several Mediterranean contexts. Revealing the complex artistic exchange between the two regions for the first time, she probes the rich but neglected cultural interaction through comparison of the intriguing thirteenth-century wall paintings in rock-cut churches of Apulia and Basilicata, the puzzling panels of the Madonna della Madia and the Madonna di Andria, and painted chapels in Cyprus, Lebanon, and Syria. Andronikou also investigates fourteenth-century cross-currents that have not been adequately studied, notably the cult of Saint Aquinas in Cyprus, Crusader propaganda in Santa Maria Novella in Florence, and a unique series of icons crafted by Venetian painters working in Cyprus. Offering new insights into Italian and Byzantine visual cultures, her book contributes to a broader understanding of cultural production and worldviews of the medieval Mediterranean.

Table des matières :

  1. A prosopography of encounters
  2. Southern Italy, Cyprus and the Holy Land: a tale of parallel aesthetics?
  3. Deconstructing myths: transmutations of Madonna and Panagia between Italy and Cyprus
  4. Thomas Aquinas, the Dominicans and artistic patronage in trecento Cyprus
  5. The peregrinations of a Cypriot king in Italian material culture, 1362-1368
  6. Art in the interstices: hybrid Italian panels and Cypriot nobility.

Informations pratiques :

Anthi Andronikou, Italy, Cyprus, and Artistic Exchange in the Medieval Mediterranean, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022 ; 1 vol., 350 p. ISBN : 978-1-31651-092-6. Prix : GBP 75,00.

Source : Cambridge University Press

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