Special Issue "Byzantine, Post-Byzantine and European Art History and Cultural Interchange"

A special issue of Arts (ISSN 2076-0752). This special issue belongs to the section "Visual Arts".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2023 | Viewed by 492

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Margarita Voulgaropoulou
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Guest Editor
The Faculty of History, Ruhr University Bochum, 44801 Bochum, Germany
Interests: Byzantine; post-Byzantine; european art

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Separated by fluid boundaries and marked by stark ethnic and confessional divisions, the worlds of the Christian East and Western Europe did not develop in a vacuum but maintained centuries-long reciprocal contacts and osmotic relationships that shaped their respective cultural and artistic traditions. First under Byzantine and then under Ottoman rule, Orthodox Christians came into close contacts with their European counterparts either through peaceful encounters, such as trade and diplomacy, or through warfare, crusading, political and religious conflicts, as well as the migration waves that followed. These extensive networks of communication and exchange fostered an intense mobility of people and objects, as well as a constant circulation of knowledge, trends, and ideas between the Orthodox lands of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, and the Catholic states of Central and Western Europe. Along with written sources, the material evidence of these enduring exchanges includes objects, such as portable artworks, devotional icons, manuscripts, liturgical objects, as well as monumental art and architecture.

The proposed special issue of Arts seeks to approach various aspects of the long-lasting interaction between the cultural and artistic traditions of the Christian East and West, focusing on themes such as the mobility of artists and patrons, cultural transfer, and appropriation, as well as artistic hybridity. By employing a broad chronological and geographical scope, this Special Issue invites contributions from a wide range of fields and disciplines, aiming to trace diachronic and trans-spatial aspects of the cultural contacts between Eastern and Western societies, and to challenge long-established historiographical notions regarding the East-West dichotomy.

Contributions have to address the topic of the Special Issue. Please read details at: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/arts/instructions

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Margarita Voulgaropoulou
Guest Editor

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  • cross-cultural exchanges
  • migration
  • material culture
  • diplomacy
  • wall-paintings
  • icons
  • relics
  • manuscripts

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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