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The Veneration of Saint Mamas in the Mediterranean
dal 18/10/2013 al 18/1/2014
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The Veneration of Saint Mamas in the Mediterranean

Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki

A traveller, border defender Saint. Thee exhibition presents the broad dissemination of Saint Mamas, which until today remains alive among different peoples across the Mediterranean. Artifacts from Greece and Cyprus, but also rich photographic material cover a period from the 6th c. to our time.

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Curated by Dr Agathoniki Tsilipakou, Director MBC and Dr Nikos Bonovas, Archaeologist MBC

The Museum of Byzantine Culture in collaboration with the Holy Bishopric and the Municipality of Morphou, Cyprus participates in the events of Thessaloniki’s 4th Biennale of Contemporary Art with the exhibition “The veneration of Saint Mamas in the Mediterranean”, realized within the framework of the “5 Museums’ Movement in Thessaloniki”(5M).

For the first time, the exhibition presents the broad dissemination of Saint Mamas’, which until today remains alive among different peoples across the Mediterranean. Artifacts from Greece and Cyprus, but also rich photographic material cover a period from the 6th c. to our time.

Initially, the exhibition traces the identity of the saint, martyred in Caesarea during the years of the Emperor Aurelianus (270-275 a.D.), as well as the origin of the iconographic type as a shepherd boy. The main part of the exhibition focuses on the diffusion of Saint Mamas’ veneration in Cyprus, Constantinople, Eastern Mediterranean and Greece. A special reference is made to the relation between Mamas and Demetrius, patron-saint of Thessaloniki, highlighting their healing and myrrh-streaming powers. The exhibition ends with the diffusion of the saint’s veneration in the medieval West.

Through churches, wall-paintings, icons, objects of metalwork, religious fairs and place names a common tradition is displayed, a tradition that survives in several parts of the Mediterranean. The exhibits and the photographic material come from the collections of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, public museums, private collections and Ephorates of Antiquities around Greece, as well from museums and churches of Cyprus.

Holy Bishopric of Morphou, Cyprus
Municipality of Morphou, Cyprus
Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Historical Archaiv Bank of Cyprus
Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Hellenic Ministry of National Defence
Greek Embassy in Nicosia
Holy Bishopric of Lemesos, Cyprus
Holy Bishopric of Kykkos and Tylliria, Cyprus
Holy Bishopric of Tamasos and Orinis, Cyprus
Museum of Kykkos Monastery, Cyprus
Byzantine Museum and Art Gallery of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation, Nicosia
Ministry of Communications and Works, Department of Antiquities, Nicosia
Holy Monastery of Vatopedi, Mount Athos
Holy Monastery of Dionysiou, Mount Athos
Holy Diocese of Cassandria, Halkidiki
Academy of Athens Research Centre for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Art
Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens
1th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Αthens
2th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Αthens
3th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Chios
4th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Rhodes
5th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Sparta
8th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Ioannina
10th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Polygyros
13th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Herakleion
16th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Kastoria
19th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Trikala
23th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Chalkida
26th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Kalamata
28th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, Rethymno, Chania
Ephorate of Private Archaeological Collections
Agioritiki Estia. Mount Athos Center
Society for Macedonian Studies Library, Thessaloniki
Georgios Tsolozidis Collection
Arsen and Roupen Kalfayan Collection
Museo Correr
Yale University Art Gallery
Ville d'Auxerre
Direction de la Culture, Service de l'Inventaire, Région Champagne-Ardenne
Agence photographique, Réunion des Musées Nationaux
Picture Library, National Gallery London

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