University of Cyprus, Archaeological Research Unit
55th Public Lecture Series - Spring Semester 2021: Celebrating 30 Years of Research at the Archaeological Research Unit, 1991-2021
'Hybrid', 'transcultural', 'eclectic'? Some thoughts on conceptualising the art of the Latin East
Dr Michalis Olympios | Associate Professor, History of Western Art
An Ecclesiastical, Social and Architectural History of the Bedestan in Nicosia
Modern historiography on the art of the late medieval and early modern Eastern Mediterranean has repeatedly bemoaned the nationalist and colonialist bias with which nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century scholarship approached the visual culture of the multicultural and multiconfessional societies of the Levantine Crusader states, Lusignan and Venetian Cyprus, Frankish Greece, Venetian Crete and other polities of the Latin East. Beginning in the latter half of the previous century, critical theorists and social scientists have provided art historians with a series of novel conceptual models, which have allowed the field to move beyond its erstwhile preoccupation with 'purity' of style and form - and, by extension, of race and ethnicity - towards a more fragmented, pluralistic and comprehensive view of artistic production in this culturally diverse region. Though the dust has far from settled on these developments, the present talk will attempt to take stock of recent advances and offer some thoughts on the ongoing quest to develop an apposite analytical framework for the study of the art of the Latin East.
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