Obraz, či koncept? Modely architektury v raném středověku (nejen) na Kavkaze

Title in English Image or concept? Models of architecture in the early Middle Ages (not only) in the Caucasus


Year of publication 2024
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The architectural model is one of the essential elements in the representation of prestigious patrons in the early medieval world. However, these model-images generally have little in common with the practice of designing buildings of worship. So we might ask the provocative question whether this period was familiar with such objects. Written sources (in the West and Armenia) along with material objects (especially in the South Caucasus region) allow us to clearly demonstrate how early medieval practice did not differ from that known from the ancient world. The secondary use of stone models, however, shows us how much richer and more creative aspects the pre-modern world had instead: from simple design elements, models became part of a ritual and perfomative community life.

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