Mediaeval Transylvania: the ‘Land beyond the Forest’
20 Feb - 6 Mar 2018
Full course: £100.00
Per session: £40.00
Study Course Lecturer:
When Victorian travel-writer Emily Gerard returned to England from a two year posting in Sibiu with her husband, a Polish cavalry officer, she wrote that she felt ‘somewhat like Robinson Crusoe unexpectedly restored to the world from his desert island’. Writing up her experiences in The Land Beyond the Forest: Facts, Figures, and Fancies from Transylvania (1888) — one of the sources, ten years later, for Bran Stoker’s Dracula — she thought that Transylvania’s romance and mystery could not possibly last. If anything, though, as the years have passed, it has only become deeper.
As a disputed borderland between Hungary, Byzantium and the steppe lands to the north, mediaeval Transylvania had a rich settlement history which has lasted almost to the present day. Saxon settlers especially left their mark, with a ring of seven fortress towns, the Siebenbürgen, and unique, UNESCO-listed, fortified churches. There was pluralism, too, in religious practice, and although church buildings have changed hands frequently between Catholic, Reformed and Orthodox, their contents have been remarkably preserved. So this course will focus on the extraordinary range of visual arts to be seen in Transylvania’s churches and museums, from great winged altarpieces which can hold their own with their counterparts in Krakow and Vienna, to painted glass icons in the Byzantine tradition, and the remarkable collections of early Ottoman rugs amassed by Transylvanian merchants.
Short Study Course Sessions:
i. The multiple communities of mediaeval Transylvania: Hungarians, Saxons, Szeklers and Romanians
ii. Fortified churches and painted altarpieces
iii. Transylvania between east and west: Byzantine icons and Ottoman rugs
Short Study Course Location:
Art Workers Guild.
6 Queen Square
Please note that one or more sessions may be at another location if for example they involve a gallery visit. This will be indicated in the session details.
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Each Short Course is made up of three sessions, and each session normally consists of two fifty-minute lectures with a short refreshments break in the middle. While it makes most sense to attend the full course, it is also possible to book individual sessions only. Study Notes and suggestions for further reading will be provided.
Art Pursuits Abroad Art History Short Courses are generally held at the Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 3AT. The nearest tube station is Russell Square. We know that the chairs, whilst beautifully designed, are not the most comfortable, so do bring a cushion for padding.
Numbers are normally limited to a maximum of 30 participants or less per Short Course to ensure a personal atmosphere conducive to interactive learning with pleasure.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Bookings are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
How to Book:
You can book on-line or ring us on 01280 820521 (we can take a card payment over the phone) or write to us - see our address details below.
Once booked, we will then send you confirmation of your Short Course place(s), a map of how to find us, and suggestions for preparatory reading should you wish to do any. Booking payments are non-refundable, though you may transfer your booking to another participant.
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