IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 814: The Cultures and Contexts of the Madrid Skylitzes, IV: Above and Beyond the Skylitzes

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History / Skylitzes Project
Organisers:Bente Bjørnholt, AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History, University of Sussex
Margaret E. Mullett, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University, Belfast / AHRC Centre for Byzantine Cultural History
Moderator/Chair:Bente Bjørnholt, AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History, University of Sussex
Abstract

The illustrated manuscript of the Chronicle of the Byzantine official John Skylitzes (Bibl.nac.vitr.26-2) in Madrid was produced in Norman Sicily in the twelfth century. The text does not betray the Sicilian origins of this copy of the chronicle, but the images which follow the narrative of the text relate very clearly to Latin, Byzantine and Islamic visual cultures. Four linked sessions will contextualise the manuscript in terms of art, narrative and milieu as well as the wider context of the meeting of cultures. This session will explore the wider context for the creation of the Skylitzes, casting light on the subject as well as exploring cultural conflict before and after 1204.