Mendicant Orders in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art, Architecture and Material Culture (13th ̶ 16th c.)

Event Date: 
19 Apr 2017 to 23 Apr 2017



Nafplion, Vouleftiko (Old Parliament Building)



Wednesday, 19 April 2017


9:30 - 10:00     Registration


10:00 - 10:30   Welcoming Addresses

                        Demetris Kostouros, Mayor of Nafplion

                        Nadia Anastasiou, DOPPAT President

                        Anastasios Cheividopoulos, Deputy Head of the Prefecture of Argolis

                        Martha Manoussaki, Marketing Manager, Kyknos S.A.

                        Ioannis Petropoulos, Director, CHS Greece, Harvard University

                        Chryssa Maltezou, Academy of Athens


10:30 - 11:00   Ioanna Christoforaki (Academy of Athens), Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the Mendicant Orders in the Eastern Mediterranean (But Were Afraid to Ask)




11:00 - 11:30   Coffee Break

One Step Beyond:

The Mendicants in Constantinople and Dalmatia

Chairs: Chryssa Maltezou – Julian Gardner


11:30 - 11:50   Şebnem Dönbekci (Koç University), Revisiting the Vita Cycle of Saint Francis in Constantinople: Power and Ideology in the Medieval Mediterranean


11:50 - 12:10   Silvia Pedone (Sapienza Università di Roma) and Nicholas Melvani (Koç University), Constantinople and the Dominicans: History, Topography, and Monuments on Both Shores of the Golden Horn


12:10 - 12:30   Rafał Quirini-Popławski (Jagiellonian University of Kraków), Mendicant Art and Architecture in the Black Sea: Pera and Caffa


12:30 - 12:50   Discussion


12:50 - 15:00   Lunch

Chairs: Panayotis Vocotopoulos – Donal Cooper


15:00 – 15:20  Josip Belamarić (Cvito Fisković Centre and University of Split), Franciscans and Art on the Croatian Coast in the Thirteenth Century



15:20 – 15:40  Zoraida Demori Staničić (Croatian Conservation Institute), The Franciscan Convent in Hvar: Between Cult and Politics



15:40 – 16:00  Nina Kudiš (University of Rijeka), Venetian Seicento Painters in Franciscan and Dominican Churches of Dalmatia: Some Important Examples


16:00 – 16:20  Ivana Prijatelj Pavičić (University of Split), Anti-Ottoman Narratives on the Altarpieces of Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Carmel in the Dominican and Franciscan Churches of Dalmatia


16:20 – 16: 40 Discussion


16:40 – 17:00  Coffee Break



17:00 – 17:45  Keynote Lecture

                        Sophia Kalopissi-Verti (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Byzantium ‘Challenged’ after 1204:  Reactions, Responses and their Reflections in Iconography



17:45 – 18:00  Discussion


19:30 – 21:30  Cocktail Reception at Nafplia Palace Hotel (participants only)




Thursday, 20 April 2017


Franciscans and Dominicans in Latin Romania

Chairs: Maria Vassilaki – Michele Bacci

9:00 - 9:20       Michalis Olympios (University of Cyprus), Eloquent Marginalia: Figural Sculpture at the Dominican Church in Negroponte (Chalkis, Euboea)


9:20 - 9:40       Demetris Athanasoulis (Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades), The Church of Saint Francis in Glarentza (Clarence)


9:40 - 10:00     Eleni Barmparitsa (Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia), Settlement and Activities of the Mendicant Orders in the Peloponnese during the Late Middle Ages



10:00 - 10:20   Discussion


10:20 - 10:50   Coffee Break

Chairs: Ioanna Rapti – Emily Guerry


10:50 - 11:10   Panayota Volti (Université Paris-Nanterre), Some Decorative Elements of the Church of the Virgin in Merbaka, Argolis: A Visual Exegesis of Dominican History and Spirituality?


11:10 - 11:30   Guy D. R. Sanders (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Corinth Excavations), The Archaeology of the Poor at Corinth in the Time of William of Moerbeke OP, Translator of Aristotle, Archimedes, Hero and Galen and Dominican Bishop of Corinth (1278-85)


11:30 - 11:50   Vicky Foskolou (University of Crete), Reflections of Mendicant Religiosity in the Monumental Painting of the Latin Southern Greek Mainland and the Islands (13th ̶ 15th c.)



11:50 - 12:10   Discussion

Chairs: Jenny Albani – Michalis Olympios


12:10 - 12:30   Daphne Chronaki (Ephorate of Antiquities of Lassithi), ΠαρατηρήσειςστηχωροθέτησηκαιστιςχαράξειςναώντωνεπαιτικώνταγμάτωνστηνΚρήτη[Observation on the planning and proportions of mendicant churches on Crete]


12:30 - 12:50   Eleni Kanaki, Daphne Chronaki and Chara Bilmezi (Ephorates of Antiquities of Herakleion and Lassithi), ΟναόςτουΑγίουΠέτρουτωνΔομηνικανώνστοΗράκλειο [The church of Saint Peter of the Dominicans in Herakleion]


12:50 - 13:10   Periandros Epitropakis (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports), ΤοχρονικότηςανασκαφήςτηςμονήςτουΑγίουΦραγκίσκουΗρακλείουμέσααπότοντύποτηςεποχής[The chronicle of the excavation of Saint Francis monastery through contemporary press]



13:10 - 13:30   Discussion


13:30 - 15:00   Lunch Break


Chairs: Sophia Kalopissi-Verti – Vicky Foskolou


15:00 - 15:20   Olga Gratziou (University of Crete), The Friars and their Impact on Crete: Material and Visual Evidence


15:20 - 15:40 Kostas Giapitsoglou (Ephorate of Antiquities of Rethymnon), ΤοκαθολικότηςμονήςτηςΑγίαςΜαρίαςΜαγδαληνήςτωνΔομηνικανώνστοΡέθυμνο[The katholikon of the monastery of Saint Mary Madgalene of the Dominicans in Rethymnon]



15:40 - 16:00   Maria Bormpoudaki (Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens), Evidence of Dominican Presence in the Cretan Countryside: A Fresco of Saint Peter of Verona in the Church of Saint George in the Village of Apostoloi Pediados (Herakleion)



16:00 - 16:20   Discussion


16:20 - 16:40   Coffee Break






Chairs: Maria Georgopoulou – Jaroslav Folda


16:40 - 17:00   Maria Constantoudaki-Kitromilides (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), Saint Francis and Private Devotion in Venetian Crete: Visual and Archival Evidence



17:10 - 17:30   Chryssa Ranoutsaki (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München),Saint Francis and Saint Catherine: Two Eminent Model Saints of the Mendicant Orders in Medieval Crete


17:30 - 17:50   Nickiphoros Tsougarakis (Edge Hill University), Re-examining the Franciscan Library of Candia



18:10 - 18:30   Discussion



18:30 - 19:15   Keynote Lecture

                        Donal Cooper (University of Cambridge), The Mendicant Orders as Patrons of Art and Architecture in Venetian Herakleion



19:15 - 19:30   Discussion



20:00 - 22:00   Conference Dinner (participants only)



Friday, 21 April 2017



Mendicant Presence in the Crusader Levant

Chairs: Nicholas Melvani – Helen Evans


9:30 - 9:50       Margit Mersch (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), The Development of Local and Trans-Regional Mendicant Architecture: A Comparative Glance on Franciscan Churches on Cyprus and Crete (13th ̶ 14th c.)


9:50 - 10:10     Thomas Kaffenberger (Université de Fribourg), Saint Clare or Saint Dominic? New Observations on the ‘Hagia Fotou’ Ruins in Famagusta


10:10 - 10:30   Maria Paschali(Independent Scholar),An Image with Our Lady of Carmel in Famagusta and the Interplay of Sanctity, Piety and Power



10:30 - 10:50   Discussion


10:50 - 11:10   Coffee Break


Chairs: Chryssa Ranoutsaki – Anne Derbes


11:10 – 11:30  Rehav Rubin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Milka Levy-Rubin (National Library of Israel), How did the Franciscans Choose to Portray Jerusalem?


11:30 – 11:50  Fanny Vitto (Israel Antiquities Authority),The Cradle of the Carmelites in the Holy Land before Becoming a Mendicant Order


11:50 – 12:10  Barbara Drake Boehm and Melanie Holcomb (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Facing the Forbidden: Felix Fabri in Medieval Jerusalem



12:10 – 12:30  Discussion


12:30 – 14:30  Lunch Break


Chairs: Olga Gratziou – Gerhard Wolf


14:30 – 14:50  Jaroslav Folda (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Artistic Commissions related to the Mendicant Orders in the Thirteenth Century Crusader Levant


14:50 – 15:10  Lucy-Anne Hunt (Manchester Metropolitan University), Centres and Peripheries: A Perspective on Mendicants and Christian Art in the Crusader States and Muslim Egypt


15:10 – 15:30  Prodromos Papanikolaou (King’s College London), Artistic Traces of Franciscan Piety in Hospitaller Rhodes: The Marble Icons of the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist



15:30 – 15:50  Discussion


15:50 – 16:10  Coffee Break


Chairs: Maria Constantoudaki – Louise Bourdua


16:10 - 16:30   Amy Neff (University of Tennessee, Knoxville), Sinai in the Franciscan Visual Imagination


16:30 - 16:50   Manuel Castiñeiras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), From Catalonia to Sinai: A Two-Way Journey. Revisiting the Legend of King Abgar in the Saint Francis Altarpiece of Santa Clara in Vic (1414-1415)


16:50 - 17:10   Discussion



17:10 - 17:30  Coffee Break


17:30 - 18:15   Keynote Lecture

                        Michele Bacci (Université de Fribourg), The Franciscans as Promoters of New Holy Sites



18:15 - 18:30   Discussion


19:30 - 21:30   Conference Dinner (participants only)



Saturday, 22 April 2017

Mendicant Art between East and West

Chairs: Nickiphoros Tsougarakis -  Amy Neff


9:30 – 9:50      Jean-Pierre Caillet (Universite Paris-Nanterrs) and Fabienne Joubert (Universite Paris-Sorbonne), Byzantine Sources of the Crucifixion in Italy : Revisiting the Role of the Mendicants


9:50 – 10:10    Emily Guerry (University of Kent),A Path Prepared for Them by the Lord:Saint Louis, Dominican Diplomacy, and the Odyssey of Jacques and André of Longjumeau


10:10 – 10:30  Krisztina Ilko (University of Cambridge), Augustinian Friars in the East



10:30 – 10:50  Discussion


10:50 – 11:10  Coffee Break



Chairs: Demetris Athanasoulis – Josip Belamarić


11:10 - 11:30   Helen Evans (The Metropolitan Museum of Art), The Franciscans among the Armenians


11:30 - 11:50   Ioanna Rapti (École Pratique des Hautes Études), Armenian Αrt and the Μendicant Οrders in the East: Εncounters and Ιnteractions


11:50 - 12:10   Lauren Arnold (University of San Francisco), Armenian Carpets in Early Renaissance Paintings: The Mendicant Orders and their Role in Facilitating a Migration of Eastern Christians to Italy (1250-1500)



12:10 - 12:30   Discussion


12:30 - 14:30   Lunch Break


Round Table Discussion

14:30 - 17:00

Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies

(conference participants only)


Welcoming Address: Dr Christos Giannopoulos (Center for Hellenic Studies)

Coordinator: Ioanna Christoforaki (Academy of Athens)


Louise Bourdua (University of Warwick)

Anne Derbes (Hood College)

Julian Gardner (University of Warwick)

Maria Georgopoulou (The Gennadeios Library, ASCSA)

Maria Vassilaki (University of Thessaly)

Gerhard Wolf (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max Planck Institut)



17:00- 17:30    Coffee Break


19:30 - 21:30   Conference Dinner (participants only)




Sunday, 23 April 2017



Excursion to medieval monuments in the Argolis (Agia Moni in Nafplion and Church of the Virgin in Merbaka) in the morning. Guided tour of the new Byzantine Museum of Argos by Demetris Athanasoulis, followed by a guided tour of the Corinth excavations by Guy Sanders in the afternoon.



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