Representations of Donors in Monumental Art of Venetian Crete

Lymberopoulou, Angeliki (2020). Representations of Donors in Monumental Art of Venetian Crete. In: Privatporträt. Die Darstellung realer Personen in spätantiken und byzantinischen Kunst, Akten des Internationalen Workshops an der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 14.-15. Februar 2013 (Tsamakda, Vasiliki and Zimmermann, Norbert eds.), Archäologische Forschungen, Verlag der Österreichischen Adademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna, pp. 209–218.



The monumental art of Venetian-dominated Crete (1211–1669) provides rich and informative material for the study of late and post-Byzantine wall paintings. A number of these churches include portraits of the donors that financed their erection and decoration. Using as a starting point the depiction of the donors of the church of the Archangel Michael at Kavalariana (Selino, Chania, dated 1327/28), this paper attempts to offer a general survey through selected representative examples on the depiction of Cretan donors by focusing on their placement within the iconographic programme of the church and their appearance. Furthermore, it will try to assess to what extend the representation of the donors reflect the Cretan society of their time and the cross-cultural interaction between the native Greek Orthodox and the Venetian Catholic colonists population.

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