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Talking Icons: The dissemination of devotional paintings in Russia and the Balkans, 16th -19th century


The talking icons, a distinct type of religious painting, is presented at the exhibition “Talking icons: The dissemination of devotional paintings in Russia and the Balkans, 16th – 19th century” which is hosted at the Byzantine and Christian Museum until September 30, 2014.

Fifteenth-century Europe witnessed the development of a new type of religious painting which combined novel iconography with extensive texts. A form of illustrated sermon, these “talking icons” would figure in the religious disputes centred on the reform of Church and society that raged across most of 16th- and 17th-century Europe as all sides sought to establish broad social alliances. This form of religious painting would remain common throughout Christendom until the 19th century.

This exhibition includes three such paintings from the collections of the Byzantine and Christian Museum: “The Wisdom of God”, “The Trial of Christ” and “The Living Cross”.

The exhibition is part of the “Exhibit of the Month” series introduced in Greece by the Byzantine and Christian Museum. A common practice in major European museums, the “Exhibit of the Month” seeks to present to the public museum objects that are not particularly well known.

For more info: www.byzantinemuseum.gr

Photos: Véronique Magnes

Talking Icons: The dissemination of devotional paintings in Russia and the Balkans, 16th -19th century

15/01/2014 - 30/09/2014
Location: ATTICAATTICAATHENS (ATHINA)

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Dates: 15/01/2014 – 30/09/2014. Place: Athens. Venue: Byzantine and Christian Museum, 22, Vas. Sofias Ave. Op. H.: Daily: 08:00 – 20:00.


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