The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle by Helen C. Evans, William D. Wixom

By Helen C. Evans, William D. Wixom

In A.D. 843, following the solution of the Iconoclastic controversy, which had raged through the Byzantine Empire for greater than a century, using icons—images—was triumphantly reinstated within the Orthodox Church. This momentous occasion encouraged a lot of the paintings of the next 4 centuries, which includes the second one nice period of Byzantine tradition and offers the start line of this quantity. the honour of Byzantium, and the exhibition that it accompanies, concludes with the death of the empire's position as a global energy, evidenced by means of the Latin profession of Constantinople from 1204 to 1261.

Conceived because the sequel to the landmark exhibition "Age of Spirituality," which was once held on the Metropolitan Museum of paintings in 1976 and inquisitive about the 1st centuries of Byzantium, "The Glory of Byzantium" explores 4 interrelated subject matters: the non secular and secular tradition of the second one Golden Age of the Byzantine Empire; the empire's interplay with its Christian acquaintances and opponents; its kinfolk with the Islamic East; and its touch with the Latin West. Bringing jointly the contributions of fifty-nine students and paintings historians, such a lot of them operating within the usa, the textual content explores the complicated currents of Byzantine civilization in its myriad features. greater than 350 artistic endeavors assembled for the exhibition from 119 associations in 24 nations are mentioned and illustrated within the catalogue. jointly they current an important number of the main attractive and significant works that live to tell the tale from the empire's moment Golden Age and from the nations that constituted its prolonged sphere of effect. Liturgical objects—including icons, mosaics, chalices, patens, and reliquaries—and secular objects—silks, ivories, ceramics, jewellery, and manuscripts—reflect the dynamic nature of the artwork of this period either inside and outdoors the empire.

The first half the amount treats the ancient context, the non secular sphere, and the secular courtly realm of the empire; the second one part makes a speciality of the interactions among Byzantium and different medieval cultures, together with Islam and the Latin West. The 17 essays are followed via specific discussions of the artworks and by means of full-color images, in addition to through perspectives of architectural websites and comparative illustrations. a lot of those illustrations have been made in particular for this quantity via Bruce White, photographer, on web site in Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation.

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