No. 110-111 (2023): Image and Thing: Origins, Functions, Traces
Editor of this Issue Giedrė Mickūnaitė
eISSN 2783-6843 | ISSN 1392-0316
The publication is sponsored by the National Development Programme of Lithuanistics (2016–2024) at the Research Council of Lithuania, agreement No. S-LIP-22-23
This double issue of Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis is special indeed – it comprises a collection of articles, contributed by colleagues, friends, and students, in heartfelt appreciation of Professor Aleksandra Aleksandravičiūtė on the occasion of her 70th anniversary. These articles encompass a wide range of topics, questions, as well as methodologies, serving as a token of admiration for the Professor’s remarkable personality and field-shaping scholarly contributions. In homage to the Professor’s invaluable influence and scholarly oeuvre, we have crafted these articles to reflect, extend, explore, and enrich her multifaceted research, catering to a broad spectrum of scholarly and cultural interests. The Professor’s works have served as a wellspring of inspiration for several generations of Lithuanian art historians, inciting thought-provoking inquiries and offering fresh perspectives on sometimes unremarkable yet culturally significant artifacts. Her research exemplifies the highest standards of scientific rigour and synthetic thinking, linguistic precision, and interpretive finesse. Irrespective of the subject matter, be it popular crafts or artistic craftsmanship, the embodiment of the sacred, or the manifestation of cultural elements across various historical epochs in everyday objects, Professor Aleksandravičiūtė’s analysis reveals not only her profound humanitarian erudition and artistic sensibility but also the flights of her creative imagination. Delving into the intricate nuances of these works, she unearths their subtlest shades of meaning, both contemporaneous and current, and skilfully situates them within the broader cultural tapestry. Paradoxically, Professor Aleksandravičiūtė’s research not only establishes the cultural bedrock for individual works but also dismantles the boundaries between art fields, forms, genres, and hierarchies. Much like an orchestra conductor, she interconnects images and objects, weaving chains of transformation and exchange and highlighting their unique characteristics to unveil their universal origins. For those of us fortunate enough to know Aleksandra on a personal level – be it as friends, colleagues, or students – it is an immense honour and a gift of professional destiny.
We are blessed to have had the opportunity to witness her vast knowledge, wisdom, and humour. This issue of AAAV, though imperfect, stands as a humble testament to our profound gratitude. We earnestly hope that within this imperfect gift, the Professor will recognize the milestones she guided us through, vigilant to ensure we remained on the right path, and inspiring us to venture further into the realms of culture, art, and heritage research.