Department of Sacral Art Heritage

Head of Departament – senior researcher Dalia Vasiliūnienė, PhD
E-mail: vasiliuniene.dalia@gmail.com
 
Research staff:
 
Aleksandra Aleksandravaičiūtė, PhD, Prof.
Asta Giniūnienė, PhD
Teresė Jurkuvienė, PhD
Skirmantė Smilingytė-Žeimienė, PhD
Regimanta Stankevičienė, PhD
Gabija Surdokaitė-Vitienė, PhD
Gražina Marija Martinaitienė, PhD, emeritus
 
THE MAIN THEMES OF THE DEPARTMENT:
 
The researches of the heritage of Lithuanian religious and folk art 
The main scientific activities of the Department of Sacral Art Heritage are distinguished by consistency and continuity. It is a systematic search, investigation and publication of Lithuanian diocese cultural (architecture and art objects) and folk art heritage comprising the largest part of surviving Lithuanian artistic heritage. The department staff scrutinizes the religious art of the 16th-20th centuries and folk art history, ties between piety traditions, various factors and religious fine and applied arts, the craft of the goldsmith in Lithuania, history of textile; contribution of sacral art into Lithuanian culture, iconography of saints; links between professional and folk fine art; problems of interaction and division between art and crafts. In the Department, the archive of iconography data (or iconographical sources) has also been accumulated. The researchers of the Department provide participate in the expert commissions for heritage protection influence the strategy of the Department of Cultural Heritage of Lithuania and assist in addressing important heritage recording tasks. 
 
1. Since 1996, the Department researchers have been preparing and publishing a scientific voluminous edition Lietuvos sakralinė dailė [Lithuanian Religious Art]. In 1996–2007, seven books of the 1stvolume dedicated to churches of Vilkaviškis diocese were published. Currently the sacral heritage of Šiauliai diocese is being analysed and presented in books. The articles of the volume introduce into sacral architecture, new explorations of the history of churches and parishes, works of fine and applied art and most of them are newly detected or attributed. The publication retains a catalogue-like structure which is the most consistent and convenient way to introduce the heritage of each church and chapel. 
The Department of Sacral Art Heritage has implemented or implements the projects financed by Lithuanian Science Council, according to the Lithuanistics development programme The Sacred Art of Lithuania: the Šiauliai Diocese, head of the programme Dalia Vasiliūnienė, (No. LIT-2-17, duration 2010-2012; No. LIT-7-9, duration 2013-2015; No. LIP-006/2016, duration 2016-2018).
2. The Department is implementing the programme: Research of Lithuanian Art, Music and Theater: Heritage, New Phenomena, Contexts. The long-lasting programme of scientific research, social and cultural development is implemented from 2017 to 2021, head of the programme Dr. Dalia Vasiliūnienė. The main goal of the programme is to is to include unknown works of Lithuanian art, music and theater into the sphere of scholarly research; to study texts related to their origin and reception; to integrate Lithuanian art, music and theater history into European contexts of development and theoretical reflection; to renew the methodological base of Lithuanian art research.
In 2012–2017 the Department was implementing the programme Lithuanian Art Legacy: Images, Texts, Contexts.
 
Since 2004, the Department has been publishing the scholarly series Religinės kultūros paveldo studijos [Religious Studies of Cultural Heritage], also issues the annual number of the scholarly peer-reviewed journal Menotyra [Studies in Art], issued by the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences.
 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
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Applied studies: