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Mendicant Orders in the Eastern Mediterranean: Art, Architecture and Material Culture (13th–16th c.)
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The aim of this conference is to examine the artistic legacy of the Mendicant Orders, namely the Franciscans and the Dominicans, in the eastern Mediterranean.

4/19/2017 to 4/23/2017
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Where: Nafplion
Greece
Contact: Ioanna Christoforaki

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The aim of this conference is to examine the artistic legacy of the Mendicant Orders, namely the Franciscans and the Dominicans, in the eastern Mediterranean. This is a hitherto unexplored topic, overshadowed by the extensive research on the mendicants mainly in Italy and the West in general. Unlike the Crusaders, who were viewed with hostility in the East, the ascetic way of living of the mendicants was instrumental in promoting a compassionate face of Catholic Western Europe in the eyes of Orthodox Easterners. Their vow to poverty and active charity towards the poor brought in closer contact two worlds of differing doctrines, hitherto divided by the trauma of the religious schism in 1054 and the sack of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade in 1204.

The conference takes place in Nafplion, Greece, from April 19th–April 23rd. For more information, visit http://mendicants.weebly.com/.

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