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Icon of St. Archangel Michael. Fragment. Iconostasis of the Gate Church of the Trinity. 1720-30s. Photo by Maxim Ritus

Watch Roundtable on Endangered Monuments

Speakers: Özlem Eren, Alina Kondratiuk, Robert Ousterhout


Chair: Robert Ousterhout (University of Pennsylvania)

Alina Kondratiuk (Head of R&D Department of the Artistic Heritage Studies of the National Preserve “Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra”)

The early modern role of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra painting school in the formation of Ukrainian national art.

In 1998 Alina Kondratiuk graduated from the National Academy of Fine Art and Architecture (Kyiv). In 2003 she defended her PhD thesis on the topic: “Mural painting of the Gate Church of the Trinity of the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. Semantics. Stylistics”. Her field of study is post-Byzantine art and Ukrainian art of the early modern period. Dr Kondratiuk is actively developing research areas in the field of art history at the intersection of art history, theology, history of ideas and the history of nations. Her published work includes over one hundred scientific publications in periodicals and collections of scientific conferences, two monographs, edited books, curricula for art history courses, and she is co-author of a textbook for universities.

This presentation is devoted to one of the most outstanding phenomena in the history of Ukrainian art of the early modern period – the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra painting school. From the end of the 17th to the first half of the 18th centuries the Lavra painting school was a leading art center in Ukraine. The activities of this artistic and educational center had a decisive influence on the formation of a new national style of Ukrainian art, which is commonly called the ‘Ukrainian Baroque’. The most significant monuments of the school, such as murals of the Lavra’s Dormition Cathedral and the Gate Church of the Trinity, significant icons and iconostasis will be presented alongside the peculiarities of their iconography, style, as well as the close connection of the images with the leading theological ideas of that epoch.


Özlem Eren (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Özlem Eren studies Byzantine and medieval art with a focus on medieval Russia. Her primary interest is the architecture of Kyivan Rus’.