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Review July 2024

It is no longer Greek to us

Review by Jan Blonski
A painting depicting the Virgin Mary with on a golden background with Jesus as a child in her arm. The Virgin Mary is wearing a crown with red details. She is dressed in a golden dress, a few shades darker than the background. In her other hand she is holding a flower, the petals are made of white pearls.
In Maniera Greca in Europe's Catholic East (Amsterdam University Press, 2023) Giedre Mickunaite asks what “Greek manner” means by examining paintings from the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Jan Blonski writes that Mickunaite shows how the full Catholicization of these paintings reduced Greekness to a trope testifying to the antiquity of the image.
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