N.o.B. Publications

Books and Edited Volumes:

M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, eds., Eclecticism in Late Medieval Visual Culture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Traditions (series Sense, Matter and Medium: New Approaches to Medieval Material and Literary Culture, volume 6) (Berlin: De Gruyter), in press.

A two-day international symposium titled “Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres (ca. 1300–1550)” (Princeton University, 5–6 April 2019) sits at the root of this publication. This volume builds upon the new worldwide interest in the global Middle Ages. It investigates the prismatic heritage and eclectic artistic production of Eastern Europe between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries, while challenging the temporal and geographical parameters of the study of medieval, Byzantine, post-Byzantine, and early-modern art. Contact and interchange between primarily the Latin, Greek, and Slavic cultural spheres resulted in local assimilations of select elements that reshaped the artistic landscapes of regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and further north. The specificities of each region, and, in modern times, politics and nationalistic approaches, have reinforced the tendency to treat them separately, preventing scholars from questioning whether the visual output could be considered as an expression of a shared history. The comparative and interdisciplinary framework of this volume provides a holistic view of the visual culture of these regions by addressing issues of transmission and appropriation, as well as notions of cross-cultural contact, while putting on the global map of art history the eclectic artistic production of Eastern Europe.

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M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, eds., Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages (series East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450, volume 65) (Leiden: Brill, 2020).

This edited volume includes the papers in the two sessions held at the 2018 Byzantine Studies Conference (4-7 October 2018; San Antonio, Texas) and additional essays. Byzantium in Eastern European Visual Culture in the Late Middle Ages, engages with issues of cultural contact and patronage, as well as the transformation and appropriation of Byzantine artistic, theological, and political models, alongside local traditions, across Eastern Europe. The regions of the Balkan Peninsula, the Carpathian Mountains, and early modern Russia have been treated in scholarship within limited frameworks or excluded altogether from art historical conversations. This volume encourages different readings of the artistic landscapes of Eastern Europe during the late medieval period, highlighting the cultural and artistic productions of individual centers. These ought to be considered individually and as part of larger networks, thus revealing their shared heritage and indebtedness to artistic and cultural models adopted from elsewhere, and especially from Byzantium.

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See inside the book

Byzantium in Eastern Europe (September 2020) – medievalists.net

Byzantium and Eastern Europe: An interview with Maria Alessia Rossi and Alice Isabella Sullivan” (November 2020) – Karwansaray Publishers Blog

Short notice, Museikon 4 (2020): 377.

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Forthcoming projects:

M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, eds., Routledge Handbook of Byzantium and the Danube Regions (13th–16th c.), under contract.

This volume aims to broaden and nuance knowledge about Byzantium by looking at its rich history, art, culture, and heritage in relation to, and from the point of view of, its northern neighbors. Between the thirteenth century and the decades after the fall of Constantinople in 1453, the predominantly Orthodox regions of the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains developed at the intersection of different traditions, among them Latin, Greek, Slavic, and Islamic. Yet Byzantium and its cultural legacy and spiritual power offered some of the most influential artistic, literary, religious, and political models to be used and adapted locally. This collection of essays—covering history, archaeology, literature, art history, architecture, material culture, and theology—allows for an in-depth examination of the visual and cultural production of the Danube regions between local traditions, the Byzantine heritage, and cultural forms adopted from other models, while challenging established perceptions of what constitutes Byzantine and post-Byzantine artistic and cultural production.

Call for Submissions

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Essays:

M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, “Why Orthodox Art in Eastern Europe Matters,” Public Orthodoxy, June 14, 2021.

M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, Late Medieval Visual Culture in Eastern Europe,” Encyclopedia of the Global Middle Ages, Thematic Overview. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

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Newsletter contributions:

M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, Eclecticism at the Edges: Medieval Art and Architecture at the Crossroads of the Latin, Greek, and Slavic Cultural Spheres (c. 1300–c. 1550),” Newsletter of the Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University (Fall 2019): 25.

M. A. Rossi and A. I. Sullivan, Medieval Art in Eastern Europe: New Perspectives,” International Center of Medieval Art Newsletter, ed. Heidi Gearhart, no. 2 (Summer 2019): 16-19.