The most important royal churches in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century Serbia were adorned with what may be described as "fictive" mosaics. The murals of these shrines originally featured backgrounds covered with gold leaf and patterned in imitation of mosaic tesserae—an expensive and fragile form of decoration only traces of which now survive. This lecture addresses the technology, aesthetics, and politics of fictive mosaics and their significance within the broader context of Mediterranean visual culture in the later Middle Ages. Further attention is given to the gilded wall surface as a site of intermedial dialogue, a space within which painting confronted and defined itself in relation to mosaic.
27.09.2018 | 18:00
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51