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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1217: Networks of Cultural Exchange: Cave Churches, Shrines, and Hermitages - Wall Paintings and Gender in the Mediterranean and Beyond

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, Trivent Publishing, Budapest
Moderator/Chair:Raluca-Gabriela Prelipceanu, Facultatea de Istorie şi Filosofie, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca
Paper 1217-aBirth, Death, and Protective Imagery in a 10th-Century Cave Church in Cappadocia
(Language: English)
Niamh Bhalla, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1217-bCrusaders, Workshops, and Local Devotions: The Cave Shrine Representations of St Marina la Monaca in a Regional Context
(Language: English)
Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, Trivent Publishing, Budapest
Index terms: Art History - General, Gender Studies, Hagiography
Paper 1217-cThe Androgynous Representation of the Archangel Michael in Ribita: The Work of a Western Master in Transylvania
(Language: English)
Raluca-Gabriela Prelipceanu, Facultatea de Istorie şi Filosofie, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Gender Studies
Paper 1217-dViktoria Puzanova and Byzantine Art in Albania
(Language: English)
Irena Nikaj, Department of Education, University 'Fan S. Noli', Korçë, Albania
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies

The session explores the relation between gender and wall paintings in the Mediterranean basin (and beyond). It scrutinizes the artistic exchanges and interactions, both East and West, in relation to pilgrimage and/or Crusader routes and their function in the transmission and transfer of gendered iconographic models with particular emphasis on visual representations pertaining to (cave) churches, cave shrines, and cave hermitages. It deals with the relation between Marian/Christological representations and the local community- especially women and children (cave church of Eğri Taş, Peristrema Valley of Cappadocia, Turkey); the cave shrine representations of Saint Marina la Monaca, a transvestite saint, in relation to Crusader influences in a regional context (Saint Marina Cave, Qalamoun, Lebanon); the fusion of Byzantine and Western influences reflected in angelic representations (St Nicholas Church, Ribita, Romania); and the idealized representations of the woman in relation to Marian representations in Albanian Byzantine frescoes (the eremite cave of Trestenik (Prespe), Albania).