A Prince and His Monastery: Isaac Comnenus and the Church of the Virgin Kosmosoteira in Thrace (1152)
from 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Isaac Comnenus was the son, the brother, the uncle and the father of the Byzantine emperors, and yet he spent much of his life in exile. How is it then that his name appears in connection with some of the more important works of art of the first half of the 12th century? A close look at the unusually varied evidence for his career—historical and documentary as well as literary and artistic—and at the church of the monastery he founded in Thrace, will help us assess the extent of the involvement of this Comnenian prince, who was both maverick and quintessential man of his time.