Greek Art: Byzantine MosaicsHardback
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- Publisher: Ekdotike Athenon S.A.
- Format: Hardback | 269 pages
- Dimensions: 249mm x 297mm x 23mm | 1,882g
- Publication date: 1 December 1994
- Publication City/Country: Athens
- ISBN 10: 9602133147
- ISBN 13: 9789602133149
- Illustrations note: 208 illus
- Sales rank: 2,105,026
With the luxury of their materials, technical precision, beauty, and aesthetic grandeur, Byzantine mosaics, particularly the wall mosaics, constitute the most impressive manifestation of Byzantine monumental painting. Highly expensive and laborious works of art, they were commissioned and dedicated by emperors, dignitaries, state officials and members of the Church hierarchy, in order to enhance the dwellings of Divinity, important churches and monasteries; and at the same time to manifest the power, glory and legendary wealth of His earthly representatives. A brilliant selection of mosaics from twenty-five famous monuments are presented in the volume "Byzantine Mosaics" by Nano Chatzidakis, Professor of Byzantine Art and Archaeology at the University of Ioannina. In historical and stylistic terms, they cover the development of mosaic art from the 5th to the 14th century, which is described and analysed efficiently by the author in the first part of the volume. The unique pictorial character and special artistic importance of each individual mosaic ensemble presented in this volume is superbly illustrated and emerges strikingly through a full discussion of the stylistic and aesthetic physiognomy of the mosaics it comprises, and a brief reference to the monument it adorns.
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Table of contents
PROLOGUE OF THE PUBLISHER, 8; ORIGINS, USES AND SPHERE OF INFLUENCE OF MOSAICS, 11; BYZANTINE MOSAICS FROM THE FOUNDATION OF CONSTANTINOPLE TO ITS CAPTURE BY THE TURKS, 14; Mosaics of the fourth-seventh centuries, 14; Mosaics of the eighth - twelfth centuries, 17; The periphery mosaics of the eleventh-thirteenth centuries, 22; Mosaics of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, 25; PLATES, 29; DESCRIPTION AND COMMENTARY, 225; Bibliography, 263; Index of names, 265; Iconographic Index, 267; Photo Credits, 269.