Peribleptos at Mystras

Date: 1360s
Location or Findspot (Modern-Day Country): Greece
Description: The Peribleptos Monastery church at Mystras (southern Greece) was built into the side of a cliff with a preexisting cave shrine. It is associated with the patronage of Manuel Kantakouzenos (r. 1349–80), the first despot of Mystras, and his wife, Isabelle of Lusignan, of the royal house of Cyprus and Armenia. This monastic church's decorative program focuses on the life of the Virgin, including apocryphal details of her early childhood. The extensive frescoes represent a rare survival of late Byzantine painting.
Relevant Textbook Chapter(s): 10
Image Credits: Wikimedia Commons

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