Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki

Kousouros, Lena (2000) Saint Demetrios of Thessaloniki. MPhil(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

This thesis intends to explore the various forms the representations of Saint Demetrios took, in Thessaloniki and throughout Byzantium. The study of the image of Saint Demetrios is an endeavour of considerable length, consisting of numerous aspects. A constant issue running throughout the body of the project is the function of Saint Demetrios as patron Saint of Thessaloniki and his ever present protective image. The first paper of the thesis will focus on the transformation of the Saint's image from courtly figure to military warrior. Links between the main text concerning Saint Demetrios, The Miracles, and the artefacts will be made and the transformation of his image will be observed on a multitude of media. The second paper focuses on the portable culture associated with the Saint; the functions and forms of these objects are analysed and the underlying factors which gave rise to this phenomenon are examined. The extensive body of wood panel portable icons depicting Saint Demetrios has been deliberately avoided, in order for attention to be focused on the more unusual objects associated with the Saint's portable culture. The study of Byzantine sacred art can only be incomplete when the theological issues connected to it are not taken into consideration. Relevant theological issues alluded to throughout the dissertation, include, individual identity of the Saints and veneration of the prototype, contributing factors for the determination of a true copy, classification and grouping of Saints according to their 'area of expertise' and hierarchy and the spiritual language of Byzantine sacred art.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Adviser: Michael Michael
Keywords: Art history, Medieval history
Date of Award: 2000
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2000-76066
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2019 09:15
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 09:15
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/76066

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