HIST Semineri: “Postmortem Lives of Byzantine Icons: Images from Anatolia, Their Style and Iconography”, Sercan Yandım Aydın, Hacettepe University, 18:00 3 Aralık (EN)

“Postmortem Lives of Byzantine Icons: Images from Anatolia, Their Style and Iconography”
Date: 03.12.2020
Time: 18.00 (AnkaraTime Zone)

Title: Postmortem Lives of Byzantine Icons: Images from Anatolia, Their Style and Iconography

Speaker: Sercan Yandım Aydın, Hacettepe University

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In the following talk, first a brief introduction about the image and its theory in Byzantium and its later course in the history is given. Next, as art historical material, examples of Greek Orthodox images, mainly originated from Anatolia, after the end of Byzantium is presented. Their style and iconography, as panel paintings, reveal not just the currents of the time they were produced and more, but also, gives hints about the cultural identity, personal piety, and devotion of their owner and/or painters. This last factor is also critical to better understand Greek Orthodox component of the Late Ottoman society. With a very limited material at hand, one can still appreciate the dynamics of the religious imagery. Painterly influence comes not just from the Renaissance Europe, but also from Reformed Germany, in particular from the works of Albrecht Dürer. Therefore, discussing and understanding this fragmented piece of art historical material, once belonged to real people and to families, shed light into their cultural history as well.

Sercan YANDIM studied Business Administration at METU (Middle East Technical University), in Ankara and received a BS degree in Management. She continued with a master’s degree in Archaeology and History of Art at Bilkent University, with an MA degree. Dr. Yandim set forth her graduate studies in Germany, in Marburg an der Lahn at Philipps University received grants from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and in 2005 she completed her PhD in Kunstgeschichte under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Ingo Herklotz (Art History) and Prof. Dr. Guntram Koch (Christian Archaeology).
Since 2005 she is a faculty member at Hacettepe University, department of History of Art, Ankara. Her publications include topics from the Late Antique and Early Christian to the Byzantine periods. Also she conducted numerous researches in archaeological museums in Turkey with an attempt to study and publish Christian art produced in the Ottoman period as well. An extended revised version of her PhD thesis is published in 2008. “Die Ikonen aus den Museen in Antalya und Tokat in der Türkei: Ikonographische, stilistische und kunstsoziologische Untersuchung”.(Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, 2008). Organized an International Art Historical Colloquium in 2010 and published its proceedings in, “Angels, Saints and Prophets in Christian and Islamic art, Arkeoloji ve Sanat Yayınları, Istanbul, 2010. She also acted as team member in two archaeological surveys in and around Konya (2013-15). Her recent publications are Late Antique Anatolia and Its Ascetics: Sannabadae Monastery and Bishop Amphilochius of Iconium, in: Crossroads: Konya plain from Prehistory to the Byzantine period. Ed. by Çiğdem Maner. (Ege Yayınları, İstanbul, 2019) 179-193; Marginalizing Traditional Religious Groups, Cults and Beliefs in the Early Patristic Period: Asceticism in Phrygia and Lykaonia, in Identity and the Other in Byzantium. Ed. by K. Durak and I. Jevtic. Papers from the fourth International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium. (GABAM, İstanbul, 2019) 189-205.