Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

27 Nov 18:00

Lecture Antiquities in the Modern Age: Power, Appropriation and Display

Mariette Verhoeven and Ketty Iannantuono

NIT, Istanbul, Turkey

27 Nov 18:00 - 20:00

Image: The "tomb stone" of the Venetian Doge Enrico Dandolo in Hagia Sophia. Photo by Mariëtte Verhoeven.

Two lectures on the afterlife of antiquities by Dr. Mariëtte Verhoeven (Radboud University) and Ketty Iannantuono (Radboud University/ NIT&RMO fellow) will be held on November 27 at 18:00 in the ANAMED auditorium.

"A Venetian Doge in Hagia Sophia" by Mariëtte Verhoeven

According to Villehardouin, a French noble who participated in the Fourth Crusade, the Venetian Doge Enrico Dandolo was buried with great honor in Hagia Sophia in 1205. Allegedly, Dandolo’s grave was destroyed after the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. However, in the floor of the southern gallery of the former Byzantine church an antique marble plaque with the inscription Henricus Dandolo, which is believed to be the tomb stone, is on display. It is the only visible reference to the period of the Latin occupation of Constantinople (1204-1261) when Hagia Sophia was in use for the Latin rite. This lecture aims at tracing the history of Dandolo’s original grave and of the memorial plaque that bears his name and establishing the relationship between the two. Who wanted to commemorate the Venetian doge Dandolo in Hagia Sophia and who gave permission for this act of appropriation?

Mariëtte Verhoeven is a research fellow at the Institute of Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen and honorary research fellow Byzantine Studies at the NIT. Her research focuses on the history of early Christian and Byzantine architecture, transformation of architecture, and architecture in cultural memory. She has published on Ravenna, Jerusalem and Istanbul.