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.
Heather E. Grossman, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alicia Walker, Washington University in St. Louis
Art and Architecture in the Eastern Mediterranean following 1204: Byzantium Diluted or Rejuvenated?
Conveyance and Convergence: Painting and Architecture in Lusignan Cyprus
Drawing, Memory, and Imagination in the Wolfenbüttel Musterbuch
Portable Palaces? On the Circulation of People, Objects, and Ideas in Medieval Anatolia
Imported versus Native Medicine in a Thirteenth-Century Grave
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
Conceptualizing Modes of Exchange and Transmission
All the speakers