Encountering icons: Byzantine art in the Netherlands, Bohemia and Spain during the 14th and 15th centuries

Woods, Kim (2013). Encountering icons: Byzantine art in the Netherlands, Bohemia and Spain during the 14th and 15th centuries. In: Lymberopoulou, Angeliki and Duits, Rembrandt eds. Byzantine art and Renaissance Europe. Ashgate, pp. 135–157.

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the theme of Byzantine art and northern Europe, and builds on the groundbreaking chapter in the 2004 exhibition of Byzantine art in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. It examines the theme in relation to three distinct areas of Europe, the Low Countries,Bohemia and the Iberian peninsula. It offers a critique of some of the existing literature, and uses contemporary pilgrims accounts to suggest that it was images after the hand of St Luke that were of paramount interest in the West. Some entirely new material is introduced relating to Cretan woodcarvers in Bruges, and the icons owned by Philip the Good are identified as documented diplomatic gifts made to his father on the behalf of Manuel II of Constantinople.

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