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  Tuesday, May 30, 2006 16.00 p.m.

The Georgian Scriptorium of Kalipos Monastery (the Black Mountain, Antioch) of the 11th century: Illustrations of the Gospel Books

Faculty Tower, Room #409


Nino Kavtaria

Tbilisi Iv. Javakhishvili State University, Georgia

The Black Mountain has been a center of Georgian literary and educational activity since the eleventh century. From the beginning of the eleventh century, Georgian Scriptoria of the Black Mountain (Antioch) experienced a revival in the art of book illumination.
Only some of monuments of the Black Mountain illuminated manuscripts of the eleventh century have survived until today, but we can still discuss the achievements of this artistic school in developing manuscript decoration. Characteristic iconographic and stylistic quests prove that alongside with the literary center, a strong artistic school existed at the Black Mountain’s Georgian Scriptoria.

Dr. Nino Kavtaria, who is a visiting research fellow at Special Extension Programs, will present the illuminated manuscripts of the Georgian Scriptorium of Kalipos monastery. Her work focuses on the study of iconographic and artistic-stylistic peculiarities of the Gospel books illuminated in this Georgian center. Her lecture will examine the unity of features characteristic for the Black Mountain School in common.

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