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  • Record Number: 8317
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Gerstel , Sharon E. J.
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  • Title: Saint Eudokia and the Imperial Household of Leo VI
  • Source URL: Art Bulletin (Full Text via JSTOR) 79, 4 (December 1997): 699-707. Link Info target = '_blank'>Art Bulletin (Full Text via JSTOR) 79, 4 (December 1997): 699-707. Link Info
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Decorative Arts Byzantium Church and State Empresses Eudokia Baiane, Saint and Wife of Leo VI, Byzantine Emperor Constantinople/Istanbul- Monastery Founded by Constantine Lips-Church- Inlaid Marble Plaque of Eudokia Hagiography Icons Politics
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 10
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  • Primary Evidence: Decorative Art; Istanbul, Istanbul Archaeological Museum, inv. no. 4309. Inlaid marble plaque with an inscription identifying the portrait as Saint Eudokia.
  • Illustrations: Four figures. The marble plaque of Saint Eudokia. Plan of the monastery of Constantine Lips with the find spot of the plaque indicated. Mosaic portrait of Emperor Alexander (dated 912) from Hagia Sophia. Close-up of an ivory casket, depicting an emperor and his wife, probably Leo VI and Eudokia Baiane. The robe ("thorakion") that she wears is very similar in style to that on the marble plaque.
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  • Abstract: Discovered in the church of the Virgin constructed by Constantine Lips, a high official in the court of Leo VI, the Saint Eudokia plaque is the finest inlaid marble icon to have survived from medieval Byzantium. This examination proposes a new identity for this obscure saint. The evidence suggests that Eudokia is not the exiled empress of the Early Christian period but the little-known wife of the emperor Leo VI. The representation of this empress demonstrates that in the early tenth century, the creation of Byzantine saints and the commissioning of sacred art were intimately related to affairs of the imperial household. [Reproduced by permission of The College Art Association.]
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Maryland and Dumbarton Oaks
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  • Year of Publication: 1997.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00043079
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