Colloque « Monastic life, art and technology in 11th-16th c. » (Univ. d’Alba Iulia, Roumanie, 16-18 octobre)


The conference will be held at

University “1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia

Department of History, Archaeology and Museology

16th-18th October 2014


Scientific Committee

PhD Béla Zsolt Szakács (Central European University Budapest, HU)

PhD József Laszlovszky (Central European University Budapest, HU)

PhD Pál Lövei (Institute of Art History, Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HU)

PhD Adrian Andrei Rusu (Institute of Archaeology and History of Art of Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca, RO)

Organising Committee

PhD Ileana Burnichioiu, Head of Organising Committee (University ”1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia, RO,;

PhD Peter Hügel (Arad Museum Complex, RO)

PhD Oana Toda (University ”1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia, RO)




Wednesday, October 15th

12.00-18.00: Registration of the participants

Thursday, October 16th

9.00-10.00: Registration of the participants

10.00-10.30: Amphitheatre no. 9: Conference Opening

10.30-11.00: Opening of the Bizere exhibition at Apor Palace

11.00-11.20: Coffee break – Apor Palace (exhibition hall)

11.20-13.30: Keynote lectures:

Eric Fernie (Emeritus Prof., The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London), Monastic buildings: questions of function and design from an Anglo-French perspective

Xavier Barral i Altet (Universités de Rennes2 et de Venise Ca’Foscari, Institute for Advanced Study, Central European University, Budapest), Les mosaiques de pavement romanes de Bizere: un programme iconographique et décoratif occidental de style très original aux portes de l’Orient byzantin

13.30-15.00: Apor Palace (exhibition hall): lunch

15.30-16.30: Visit to the Romano-Catholic cathedral

18.00: Dinner

Friday, October 17th, Apor Palace (Senate Hall, 1st floor)


9.00-9.30: Vinni Lucherini (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy), The Role of Consecration Ceremonies in the Development of Romanesque Monastic Architecture. The Case of Montecassino (1071)

9.30-10.00: Oana Toda (University “1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia), The river island monastery: long distance connections and micro-regional isolation in the case of Bizere Abbey?

10.00-10.30: Adrian Andrei Rusu (Institute of Archaeology and Art History of Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca), Spatial organization and monastic life in Bizere monastery

Coffee break

11.00-11.30: Peter Bednár (Institute of Archaeology in Nitra), Klaudia Daňová (Institute of Archaeology in Nitra), Jozef Gajdoš (Catholic University in Ružomberok), Petra Smetanová (Institute of Archaeology in Nitra, Slovakia), The archaeological research of the monastery in Hronský Beňadik

11.30-12.00: Zsuzsa Eszter Pető (Central European University, Budapest), Royal Hermits? Medieval Landscape of the Pauline Monasteries in the Pilis Forest

12.00-12.30: Bencze Ünige (Central European University, Budapest), Laszló Lenkey (ELTE University, Budapest, Department of Geophysics and Space Science), Reconstructing a monastic landscape: the case of Cârţa (Kerc, Kerz) Abbey

12.30-13.00: Andrej Janeš (Croatian Conservation Institute Archaeological Heritage, Department of Land Archaeology, Zagreb), Shaping of a monastic landscape in medieval Slavonia

13.00-13.30: Tajana Pleše (Croatian Conservation Institute – Department for Archaeology, Zagreb), Comparative ground-plan analysis of Pauline monasteries in Late Medieval Slavonia

Lunch (University Restaurant)

Visit at Batthyaneum library

Coffee break 

16.30-17.00: Peter Levente Szócs (Satu Mare County Museum), Monasteries under private patronage within the social and economic topography: centers, residences, estates. Several case studies of medieval Hungary

17.00-17.30: Tamás Emődi (Design-Research Workshop Restitutor Oradea), Praemonstratensian Convents in Eastern Hungary. The Cloister in Abram (Ábrány)


17.30-18.00: Beatrix F. Romhányi (Institute of History, Károli Gáspár Calvinist University, Budapest), Church and Salt. Monasteries and the Salt in the Medieval Kingdom of Hungary (11th–13th century)

18.00-18.30: Silvija Pisk (Sciences University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb), Pauline monasteries in Medieval Croatia: Monastic wealth sources

18.30-19.00: Soos Zoltan (Mures County Museum), The Role of the Mendicant Friaries in the Medieval Transylvanian Economy. Archaeology, Material Culture and Site Selection Procedures in the Research of the Medieval Mendicant Network

19.00: Dinner

Saturday, October 18th, Apor Palace (Senate Hall, 1st floor)


9.00-9.30: Ileana Burnichioiu (University “1 Decembrie 1918” of Alba Iulia), Decorative heritage of Bizere monastery

9.30-10.00: Krisztina Havasi (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Art History, Budapest), Marble Works and Marble Floors in Medieval Hungary in the Late 12th Century. Fragments of a Choir Screen and Opus Sectile from Eger Medieval Cathedral and its Artistic Connections

10.00-10.30: Béla Zsolt Szakács (Central European University, Budapest), The early phase of cloister architecture in Central Europe

Coffee break

11.00-11.30: Imre Takács (Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest), The 13th Century Fountain of the Pilis Abbey. Art and Technology in a Cistercian Monastery

11.30-12.00: Piotr Pajor (Jagiellonian University Cracow, Institute of Art History), A Turn to Fratres Minores. Franciscans in 13. Century Lesser Poland and the Duke Boleslaus the Chaste patronage

12.00-12.30: Zlata Gersdorfova (University of West Bohemia), The spiritual environment and artistic patronage in South Bohemia in the 14th century

12.30-13.00: Mihaela Sanda Salontai (Institute of Archaeology and Art History of Romanian Academy, Cluj-Napoca), Friars at work: Craftsmen of the Dominican Order in Sixteenth century Transylvania

Lunch (University Restaurant)

14.30-15.00: Maroš Volovár (East Slovak Association VALAL), A petrified ideology. Artistic and iconographical connections of stonemasonry décor in Dominican church in Košice

15.00-15.30: Valerie Serdon-Provost (Lorraine University, France), Architectural design and the cult of holy relics in Saint-Vanne abbey (Verdun)

Summary :

The subject of this conference proposal comes from the results of a newly excavated suburban monastery, the Saint-Vanne abbey in Verdun : located on a hilltop at the crossroads of major ways and rivers during the Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the former abbey was later incorporated inside a major modern fortress (16th c.), the High Citadel of Verdun, and thus left untouched from contemporary buildings.

The paper will summarize the results of the two first seasons of excavations, whose main objective was the global understanding of the  layout, of the site from the earliest ecclesiastical occupation (first half of the 7th c.) to the different building and occupation phases of the monastery in the Gothic era (15th c.),  with an emphasis on the most magnificent period, under Richard’s abbacy (11th  century). The function of each space (place of worship and burial ground) will be especially considered, in relationship with the local cult of holy relics. A comparison with other monasteries of the Mosan greater area (today’s Belgium) will be made, regarding their architectural and stylistic character.

15.30-16.30: Conclusions



Citer ce billet
Arula (2014, 13 octobre). Colloque « Monastic life, art and technology in 11th-16th c. » (Univ. d’Alba Iulia, Roumanie, 16-18 octobre). ARULA. Consulté le 12 avril 2024, à l’adresse

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