Dr. Ivana Jevtic
6 March Tuesday 2012, 18:30
İstanbul Research Institute continues to organize the series “İstanbul Conferences” presented by senior researchers focusing on the history, archaeology, historical topography, and the art history of İstanbul.
The first guest speaker for the conference this season is Dr. Ivana Jevtic from Koç University History Department; her conference is entitled Constantinople after 1261: the Restoration of the City in a New Light.
When Michael VIII Palaeologos entered Constantinople on 15th August 1261, the city was in ruinous condition, a result of destructions brought upon during the Fourth Crusade and the Latin occupation (1204-1261). Historians and orators alike praised the emperor for setting out to restore the appearance and prestige of the capital. Indeed, his broad restoration activity initiated a period of remarkable architectural production and represented a starting point of the Palaeologan artistic revival. At the same time, practically nothing survives that can be surely attributed to Michael VIII Palaeologos’ direct patronage in the city. How can we then evaluate the creative input of that production or determine its precise components? In what sequence were the buildings reconstructed and who were the artists responsible for this program? By questioning the evidence that written sources and the surviving monuments in the city provide, this lecture aims to shed a new light on the restoration of Constantinople after 1261.
Conference will be held in English, Turkish simultaneous translation is available.
The event is free of admissions.