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All Roads Lead to Rus: Western Influences on the Eleventh-to Twelfth-Century Manuscript Illumination of Kievan Rus

All Roads Lead to Rus: Western Influences on the Eleventh-to Twelfth-Century Manuscript Illumination of Kievan Rus

Gertsman, Elina

Comitatus Vol.31 (2000)

Introduction

The art of medieval Russia has always been viewed in connection with Byzantium. In scholarly studies of Slavic culture, the term “Byzantine art” has become synonymous with “Russian art,” and “painting” has
come to signify “icon painting.” Meanwhile, the art of Russian miniature illumination is scarcely mentioned. This study will attempt to place Slavic painting in the broader context of the art of the West in the Middle
Ages.

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