1st Edition

Icons of Space Advances in Hierotopy

Edited By Jelena Bogdanović Copyright 2021
    458 Pages 155 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    458 Pages 155 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Icons of Space: Advances in Hierotopy brings together important scholars of Byzantine religion, art, and architecture, to honour the work of renowned art historian Alexei Lidov.

    As well as his numerous publications, Lidov is well known for developing the concept of hierotopy, an innovative approach for studying the creation of sacred spaces. Hierotopy and the related concepts of ‘spatial icons’ and ‘image-paradigms’ emphasize fundamental questions about icons, including what defines them as structures, spaces, and experiences. Chapters in this volume engage with the overarching theme of icons of space by employing, contrasting, and complementing methods of hierotopy with more traditional approaches such as iconography. Examinations of icons have traditionally been positioned within strictly historical, theological, socio-economic, political, and art history domains, but this volume poses epistemological questions about the creation of sacred spaces that are instead inclusive of multi-layered iconic ideas and the lived experiences of the creators and beholders of such spaces. This book contributes to image theory and theories of architecture and sacred space. Simultaneously, it moves beyond colonial studies that predominantly focus on questions of religion and politics as expressions of privileged knowledge and power.

    This book will appeal to scholars and students of Byzantine history, as well as those interested in hierotopy and art history.


    Jelena Bogdanović


    1. Sacred Spaces vs Holy Sites: On the Limits and Advantages of a Hierotopic Approach

    Michele Bacci

    2. Image-Paradigms: The Aesthetics of the Invisible

    Andrew Simsky

    3. Dazzling Radiance: A Paradigm and a Quiz in Byzantine Chorography and Hierotopy

    Nicoletta Isar

    4. The Concept of Temenos and the Sectioning of Light

    Iakovos Potamianos

    5. Byzantine Architectural Form Between Iconicity and Chôra

    Jelena Bogdanović

    6. Hierochronotopy: Stepping into Timeful Space through Bonanno’s Twelfth Century Door for the Pisa Cathedral

    Maria Evangelatou


    7. The Marvelous Hierotopy of the Golden Altar in Milan: A Visual Constantinopolitan Fascination?

    Ivan Foletti

    8. The Patriarchal Quarters in the South Gallery of Hagia Sophia: Where was the Patriarch’s Throne?

    Natalia Teteriatnikov

    9. Seeing Toponymic Icons Hierotopically

    Annemarie Weyl Carr

    10. The Adoration of the Magi: From Iconic Space to Icon in Space

    Maria Lidova

    11. Encountering Presence: Icon/Relic/Viewer

    Ljubomir Milanović


    12 The Shrines of the Holy King Stefan the First-Crowned in the Sacral Topography of Serbian Lands

    Danica Popović and Branislav Todić

    13. Travelling Objects and Topographies of Salvation: Agencies and Afterlives of Two Post-Byzantine Proskynētaria

    Veronica Della Dora

    14. The Sacred Space of the State and its Direction

    Ivan Biliarsky

    15. Back to the Top of the Mountain: A Syrian Protological Theme in Late Antique and Medieval Representations of the World to Come

    Zinaïda Yurovskaya

    16. Rapture, Ecstasy, and the Construction of Sacred Space: Hierotopy in the Life of Symeon the New Theologian

    Fr. Maximos Constas


    Jelena Bogdanović is Associate Professor at Iowa State University, USA. She specializes in cross-cultural and religious themes in the architecture of the Balkans and Mediterranean. Her publications include The Framing of Sacred Space: The Canopy and the Byzantine Church (2017), and Perceptions of the Body and Sacred Space in Late Antiquity and Byzantium (2018).