New Publication: Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds – Studies in Honour of Erica Cruikshank Dodd , edited by Evanthia Baboula and Lesley Jessop

Dedicated to Erica Cruikshank Dodd, Art and Material Culture in the Byzantine and Islamic Worlds offers new perspectives on the Christian and Muslim communities of the east Mediterranean from medieval to contemporary times. The contributors examine how people from diverse religious backgrounds adapted to their changing political landscapes and show that artistic patronage, consumption, and practices are interwoven with constructed narratives. The essays consider material and textual evidence for painted media, architecture, and the creative process in Byzantium, Crusader-era polities, the Ottoman empire, and the modern Middle East, thus demonstrating the importance of the past in understanding the present. 

Contributors: Evanthia Baboula, Lesley Jessop, Anthony Cutler, Jaroslav Folda, John Osborne, Glenn Peers, Annemarie Weyl Carr, Mat Immerzeel, Bas Snelders, Angela Andersen, May Farhat, Marcus Milwright, Rico Franses.

Table of Contents:

Erica Cruikshank Dodd Passion, Serendipity, Curiosity, and the Making of an Art Historian
  Lesley Jessop

Bibliography of Erica Cruikshank Dodd
Note on Transliteration and Dates
List of Illustrations

Introduction: Diversity and Identity in the Medieval Mediterranean and Beyond
  Evanthia Baboula and Lesley Jessop

The Anaphoric Icon Observations on Some Byzantine Metapictures
  Anthony Cutler

Two Icons of the Virgin and Child Hodegetria from St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai Byzantine or Crusader?
  Jaroslav Folda

The Thirteenth-Century Expansion of the Narthex of San Marco, Venice A Space for Dead Doges?
  John Osborne

The Refectory of the Monastery of St. Mary in the Valley of Jehoshaphat, Jerusalem Crusader Painting at Crossroads
  Glenn Peers

Orthodox Monasteries under Lusignan Rule Relations with Others, Relations with Their Own
  Annemarie Weyl Carr

Church Embellishment in Medieval Egypt, Syria, and Cyprus Patronage and Identity
  Mat Immerzeel and Bas Snelders

The Tale of the Shared Church in Diyarbakir Narrative Traditions of the Co-Use of Places of Prayer by Muslims and Christians
  Angela Andersen

Beirut’s Great ʿUmari Mosque History, Memory and Post-War Reconstruction
  May Farhat

The Traditional Crafts of the Middle East and Central Asia in the Writings of European and North American Travellers
  Marcus Milwright

10 To Not Know God Geometrical Abstraction and Visual Theology in Islamic Art
  Rico Franses


Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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