Friday, 31 March 2023 to Sunday, 2 April 2023

Printmaking at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra in the Early Modern Period

Fri31  Mar12:30pm(15 mins)
Fore Hall


Alice Sullivan1
1 Tufts University, United States


The printing press and printmaking activities at the Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra began in the early seventeenth century and quickly established a reputation for the monastery within Kyiv and the wider Eastern Christian cultural spheres. The monastery became well-known for its printed books, paper icons, and printed textiles, among other art forms, with numerous examples preserved in local archives and international collections. This paper examines the printing activities of the Lavra between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the cultural connection that extended from Kyiv through the printed materials. The aim is to underscore the importance of this printing press in local and global contexts, as well as the artistic traditions it mediated, transformed, and further disseminated through new printed visual forms across Eastern Europe in the early modern period.