The term Romioi (Rum) designated the Orthodox populations, whether Greek-speaking, Slavic-or Turkish-speaking, living in the Ottoman Empire, on former Byzantine territory.
The Greek Orthodox populations, who came to be known as “Romioi”, were settled in the Greek peninsular as well as in other parts of the Balkans, in Asia Minor and in Istanbul. Once the drastic depopulation of the first two centuries after the conquest was over, they experienced a demographic surge in the 17th c., accompanied by corresponding economic and social development. The Ottoman system of government and moreover the privileges which had been conceded to the Patriarchate benefited the Greek communities, which succeeded in obtaining some degree of autonomy and self-government. This also allowed an increase in the production of works of art, mainly represented by works of a religious nature. Icons and church silver vessels, often offerings from the faithful or from guilds, precious, gold-embroidered vestments, manuscripts or printed books, all testify not just to the cultural but also the economic development of these communities.
Minor Arts The silver-guilt Communion Chalice is the product of a workshop in the area of Philippoupolis (now Bulgaria). It is decorated...
Wooden Ciborium (artophorion), Offering by Neophytos, Metropolitan of Adrianople
Minor Arts Wooden ciborium (artophorion), clad in silver-gilt plaques. It belonged to Neophytos, Metropolitan of Adrianople (1664-1668),...
Textile The gold-embroidered Epitaphios (liturgical vestment) is coming from Constantinople and is dated in 1751. During the conserva...
Saint Christopher (depicted with the head of a dog)
Icons and Wood-Carvings Kermira, Cappadocia St Christopher depicted with the head of a dog. From the 5th century on, it was widely believed in Byzant...
Paintings Painting with the Last Judgment, September 15, 1855. The huge painting with the multi-scene depiction is coming from Asia Min...