Session 1535: Exploring the 14th Century across the Eastern and Western Christian World, I: Monastic Thought in Art and Literature
Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30
|Courtauld Institute of Art, London / University of York
|Livia Lupi, Department of History of Art, University of York
Maria Alessia Rossi, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
|Jessica N. Richardson, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut, Firenze
|Hesychasm as a Pan-Orthodox Movement among South Slavs in the 14th Century
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Religious Life, Theology
|Changing Narratives: Ecclesiological Interpretations in 13th- and 14th-Century Serbian Hagiography in its Relations to Byzantium and the West
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Politics and Diplomacy
|Saints from the East: Or, What Exactly is the 'Byzantine' Nature of Italian Tre and Quattrocento Thebaid Cycles?
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Painting, Monasticism, Religious Life
The 14th century saw new developments within the Eastern and Western Church, ranging from the blossoming and affirmation of new spiritual orders, to the outbreak of religious controversies. This session challenges traditional assumptions about interactions between the East and the West by exploring possible points of contact between Orthodox and Catholic monasticism and mysticism. Combining history and art history, the session aims to illustrate the political as well as spiritual implications of the Hesychast controversy in the Orthodox world, varying stances towards the West in Serbian hagiographical narratives of St Symeon, and the depiction of Eastern Desert Fathers in Italian art.