Workshop // Joseph Kopta: Chromatic Networks: Materiality and Materialism of Middle Byzantine Gospel Lectionaries (ca. 850–1204 CE)



von 14:00 bis 15:00


Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Katharina-von-Bora-Str. 10, München, Raum 110, I. OG

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This project investigates the materiality of Byzantine manuscripts, specifically in terms of genesis, dissemination, liturgical and monastic settings, and modes of production. In each case, the study considers the Middle Byzantine, Greek-language Gospel Lectionaries traceable to the Rite of Constantinople in use at Byzantine monasteries between the ninth and thirteenth centuries CE. As a whole, it understands modes of manufacture through literary and scientific evidence, identifying the materials, especially pigments, of manuscripts through non-destructive analyses and translations of Greek-language texts about matter; likewise, it evaluates the meanings and understandings of those materials along liturgical, monastic, and scientific-intellectual contexts in the manuscripts’ specific use in Byzantine society.