Networks of Devotion: The selection of saints as marker of religious identity in Post-Byzantine Moldavian representations (wall-paintings and texts)


Networks of Devotion: The selection of saints as marker of religious identity in Post-Byzantine Moldavian representations (wall-paintings and texts)

Young Research Teams (PN-III-P1-1.1-TE-2019-1909)

Timeframe:
November 2020 –  October 2022

Team:

Project Leader:
Vlad BEDROS, PhD

Postdoctoral Researchers:
Mihail-George HÂNCU, PhD

Oana IACUBOVSCHI, PhD

PhD Student:
Ștefania DUMBRAVĂ

Affiliated Researcher:
Andrei DUMITRESCU, BA

The church of All Saints, Părhăuți, naos, northern wall: Sts Demetrius, Jacob, and Nestorius (cca 1530)

The project proposes a case study of a delimited corpus: the iconic portrait of saints in Moldavian monuments, cca. 1490-cca. 1530, with a view at elaborating a methodology for the study of South-Eastern European cultural transfers. Its aim is to investigate the peculiar selection of saints, contextualizing it within the Moldavian monastic culture and spirituality during the late 15th and early 16th c. and within the already inventoried Late and Post-Byzantine pictorial tradition. The devotional peculiarities, the interplay between written evidence and artistic practice, the theological culture, and its relevance for the study of cultural heritage, are still rarely addressed topics in local scholarship. For the study of these issues, we will make use of recent approaches in the history of art: the geography of art, cultural transfers, and hybridization. We intend to assess the peculiar Moldavian sanctoral, either as a result of specific devotions of the monastic milieu, or as a consequence of integrating workshop traditions from the Post-Byzantine Balkans.

We intend to generate an open-access database harboured by the website of the project, where we will upload the inventoried iconographic programs, all the collected epigraphic data (the inscriptions on the scrolls of the saintly bishops and monks), the references to relevant manuscripts, and translations of selected content from these Late Medieval unedited texts. The dissemination of the research output will involve organizing a thematic workshop and publishing a volume of collected essays.

Events:

Seminar
Virtual Rhetorics of Power in Moldavia (ca 1480 – ca 1535): Eclectic or Hybrid?
12 May 2021, 11.00 (Bucharest time), Zoom

Conferință online
Retorica imperială în Moldova: surse liturgice inedite și contexte iconografice (cca. 1480-1530)
20 aprilie 2021, ora 11.00 (București), Zoom