This three-year project is researching representations of the Damned in Hell in the frescoes in churches on Crete. The churches were built during the Venetian domination of the island in the 13th to 17th century and the imagery provides insights into the religious, social and political concerns on the island in the Late Medieval to Early Modern period. The project is gathering photographic and documentary research material to analyse the sinners and punishments represented and explore their relationship to the broader contexts of the island, and the Byzantine and Mediterranean spheres.
The project is being led by Angeliki Lymberopoulou at The Open University, UK, and Vasiliki Tsamakda at the University of Mainz, Germany, and involves a team of academics from seven institutions in the UK, USA, Germany and Greece.
London Conference: ‘The Place of Hell. Topographies, Structures, Genealogies’, at The Warburg Institute and King’s College London, 31st May-1st June 2013