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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1315: The Entangled Caucasus, IV: Entangled Architecture - Georgian and Armenian Religious Building

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval Caucasus Network
Organisers:James Baillie, Independent Scholar, Birmingham
Nicholas Evans, Clare College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Bella Radenovic, Courtauld Institute of Art University of London
Paper 1315-aLiturgy and Image: About the Painted Programmes in the Churches of Svaneti in the 11th-13th Centuries
(Language: English)
Manuela Studer-Karlen, Faculté de Lettres, Université de Fribourg
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Art History - Painting, Liturgy, Monasticism
Paper 1315-bFunerary Architecture between Materiality and Sensoriality
(Language: English)
Anahit Galstyan, Department of History of Art & Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara
Index terms: Architecture - General, Art History - Decorative Arts, Computing in Medieval Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies

Cross-cultural interactions and entanglements manifest themselves in compelling ways in material culture. This panel explores architectural decoration, stone crosses and painting schemes of Armenia and Georgia, from the early 10th century to the 13th century. Studer-Karlen's paper provides an overview of iconographic schemes of churches of Svaneti in the north-west of Georgia, making connections with Tao-Klarjeti on the southern fringes of the kingdom. Harutyunyan considers stone carving associated with three Armenian monasteries, Tatev, Yeghipatrush, and Astvatsynkal, situating their programmes and ornamental decoration in the context of cross-cultural exchange in the South Caucasus and beyond.