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Inspiration and Innovation: Orthodox Art in the Romanian Lands in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

Inspiration and Innovation: Orthodox Art in the Romanian Lands in the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries

Inspiration and Innovation: Orthodox Art in the Romanian Lands in the Fourteenth and FifteenthCenturies

D-Vasilescu, Elena Ene (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, UK)

21st International Congress of Byzantine Studies Communication (VI.8 Art and Orthodoxy)

Abstract

One in the series of overlapping Christian discourses which Averil Cameron speaks about in her book Christianity and the Rhetoric of the Empire could be considered the Romanian discourse in Church-painting as a manner of expressing faith, especially taking into account that Orthodox Christians consider that icons in their worship places are ‘written’.

The literature in the field has paid attention to sixteenth-century Romanian achievements in mural and icon-painting, but not to earlier works. This paper attempts to answer the question “What is Byzantine and what is local in icon- and wall- painting in the Romanian lands between fourteenth and fifteenth centuries?” by providing a few examples of frescoes and icons from that time.


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