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Symposium on Mechanisms of Exchange

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Transmission, Scale, and Interaction in the Arts and Architecture of the Medieval Mediterranean, 1000 to 1500
Friday, February 25, 2011
Organized by Heather E. Grossman, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Alicia Walker, Washington University in St. Louis
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Medieval Studies Program

This symposium brought together scholars working in art and architectural history and archaeology to consider the mechanisms of cross-cultural exchange in the medieval Mediterranean world, and specifically the question of how styles, motifs, and techniques were transmitted in architecture and the monumental arts versus the portable arts.


While speakers include specialists in western European, Islamic, and Byzantine art and architectural history, each presentation will address artistic exchange between Byzantium and another cultural group. This focus recognizes the longevity and prominence of Byzantium across the medieval historical trajectory, as well as its important contributions to the early modern traditions of both the East and the West.


The papers will be published in a special issue of the journal Medieval Encounters, slated to appear in late 2012. This symposium is an opportunity for the speakers to exchange ideas and generate dialogue among the essays in the collection. Speakers will present individual case studies, followed by a roundtable discussion reflecting on methodological questions relating to interaction and scale. Members of the audience will also be invited to participate in the final discussion.


Introductory remarks


Heather E. Grossman, University of Illinois at Chicago

Alicia Walker, Washington University in St. Louis


Session 1


Art and Architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean following 1204: Byzantium Diluted or Rejuvenated?


Maria Georgopoulou, Gennadius Library, Athens


Conveyance and Convergence: Painting and Architecture in Lusignan Cyprus


Justine M. Andrews, University of New Mexico


Session 2


Drawing, Memory, and Imagination in the Wolfenbüttel Musterbuch


Ludovico Geymonat, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome


Portable Palaces? On the Circulation of People, Objects, and Ideas in Medieval Anatolia


Scott Redford, Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, Istanbul


Session 3


Imported versus Native Medicine in a Thirteenth-Century Grave


Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania


Coveting Greciscos: Byzantine Cloth and the Luxury Textile Market in Early Medieval Iberia


Maria J. Feliciano, Seattle University

NOTE: Dr. Feliciano was unable to attend


The Circulation of Text and Image in the Medieval Mediterranean World


Eva R. Hoffman, Tufts University


Roundtable discussion


Conceptualizing Modes of Exchange and Transmission


All the speakers