The Central European University (CEU) and in particular the Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies (CEMS) conducted the conference Post-Byzantine Art: Orthodox Christian Art in a Non-Byzantine” World? on May 15-16.
The fall of the Byzantine Empire meant the end of a central cultural home for Orthodox Christian art, despite its prolific, ongoing production. Modern scholars have struggled with how to define art and related methodologies made in the centuries following the fall of Constantinople, as reported in CEU’s website.
The conference was actively supported by the Greek Embassy in Hungary and the Secretariat General of Information and Communication.
Prominent scientists-art historians from Greece (University of Crete and of Athens), the USA, Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, the British Museum and the University of Budapest participated in the conference.
“I believe that this workshop reflects that Byzantine art was a very vital part of the culture of many peoples and survived the fall of the empire that gave it birth,” said Greek Ambassador to Hungary Dimitris Yannakakis. He added that “this vitality is a reflection of the huge cultural influence which Byzantium enjoyed in its heyday.”
The conference invited scholars to contribute their viewpoints on the Orthodox art produced from the Early Modern/Post Medieval period onward in the Eastern Mediterranean world including Russia and the Caucasus, according to CEU’s website.