Professor Carr is concerned here with the devotional arts of the Byzantine world in the period from the twelfth to the sixteenth century. The first set of studies deals with groups of illuminated manuscripts of the twelfth century, mostly connected with the Eastern Mediterranean, while the second focuses directly on Cyprus and its rich Orthodox visual heritage in the later Middle Ages. As Byzantium’s strongest bridgehead to the Crusades and its heir in the Levantine balance of power, the island of Cyprus retains an exceptionally rich legacy of Byzantine culture and artifacts. At the same time, as the seat of the most enduring Crusader state, it offers unparalleled testimony to the interplay of Greek and Latin cultural traditions as they accommodated and resisted one another under the pressure of Mamluk, Mongol, and Ottoman expansion.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction. Part I Cyprus and The 'Decorative Style': Provincial Byzantine manuscripts from the 12th century; Two illuminated manuscripts at the Monastery of St Neophytos: issues of their Cypriot attribution; Gospel frontispieces from the Comnenian period; Illuminated musical manuscripts: notes on the late 12th century; Diminutive Byzantine manuscripts. Part II Art in the Kingdom of Cyprus: Correlative spaces: art, identity and appropriation in Lusignan Cyprus; Art and the court of Crusader Cyprus; Icon-tact: Byzantium and the art of Cilician Armenia; A Palaiologan funerary icon from Gothic Cyprus; Thoughts on seeing Christ Helkomenos: an icon from Pelendri; Byzantines and Italians in Cyprus: images from art; Index.
’Reading the articles firsthand will introduce you to [Annemarie Weyl Carr's] remarkable breadth of knowledge and the elegance of her presentation... This is a book that every scholar seriously interested in medieval Cyprus and its significance in the Eastern Mediterranean world of Byzantium and the Crusaders, 1100 to 1350, will want to read from cover to cover.’ Crusades