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PUBLIC LECTURES
  on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 14:00 p.m.

Re-interpreting the Precious Adornment of Painted Images Medieval Georgian Icons with Repousse Revetments

Faculty Tower, Room #409

 

Lecturer(s):
Nina Chichinadze

Institute:
Ilia Chavchavadze State University, Tbilisi



Precious metal adornments of painted icons are an integral part of Christian devotional images, while very often revetments are considered as additional, less important components of icons. Numerous Georgian medieval painted images with repousse claddings offer insights into various aspects of the veneration of images. Commissioners’ inscriptions embossed on metal coverings shed more light to the practice of the adornment of icons and enrich our knowledge of the function and cult of the icon in the Eastern Orthodox Christian world.

Nina Chichinadze’s research interests cover Byzantine and medieval visual Culture, iconography and particularly veneration of images in its various manifestations. In her numerous articles, research projects, and papers she discusses a wide range of aspects linked to the cult of icons. In her publications she has attributed and studied numerous hitherto unknown or unpublished Georgian medieval icons. She studies Christian iconography and the Byzantine-Georgian cultural interaction extensively. Her recent research focuses on the interaction between icons and relics. Her ongoing project deals with precious-metal revetments of painted images. Her study results are widely incorporated into her teaching courses: History of the Christian Icon and Christian Iconography; she is a co-author of Medieval Georgian Frescoes and Icon-Painting - publishing in Athens. Her work “Historical and Artistic Aspects of 11th -13th Century Georgian Icon painting” will be published in Athens later this year.



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