This survey of the diverse icons at the Menil Collection is the first to explore the history and meaning of these remarkable works and their continued ability to surprise and impress. Dominique de Menil acquired many of the museum’s icons from the noted British collector Eric Bradley in 1985, and the collection is widely regarded as one of the most important in the United States. Not only is the full thousand years of the Byzantine empire represented within, this group of more than 60 icons spans 1,200 years altogether, from the 6th to the 18th centuries, and encompasses a number of distinct cultures, including Greek, Balkan, and Russian.
About the Authors
Annemarie Weyl Carr is a university distinguished professor emerita of art history at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Her work focuses on the Byzantine, Crusader, and early modern murals and icons of Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean Levant.
Bertrand Davezac is a scholar of early medieval art and former chief curator of the Menil Collection, where he curated the exhibition Greek Icons After the Fall of Constantinople (1996) and edited the monograph Four Icons in the Menil Collection (1992).
Clare Elliott is assistant curator at the Menil Collection. She was the curator of Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible (2013) and authored the accompanying publication.