Byzantium : From Antiquity to the Renaissance

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For courses in Medieval Art.

Extensively illustrated in full color throughout, this text explores the extraordinary world of Byzantium in all its grandeur and complexity-surveying Byzantine art within a broad cultural and historical context.
Part of the Prentice Hall Perspectives Series co-published by Prentice Hall and Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
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  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 165.1 x 233.68 x 17.78mm | 498.95g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130807443
  • 9780130807441

Table of contents


The Byzantine Empire. Early Byzantine and Medieval Constantinople.


Three Phases.

1. The Imperial City of Constantinople.

Constantine's City. The Classical Heritage of the City. Justinian's City. The Period of Crisis. Medieval Constantinople. The Decline of Constantinople.

2. Icons.

Pagan Origins. Sixth-century Icons. Icons in Church. Iconoclasm and the Theology of Icons. The Restoration of Icons. Icons in Public. The Mother of God.

3. The Secular Domestic World.

The Palaces of Constantinople. The Fashions of Palace Life. Country Life.

4. A Temple of Transformation.

Early Byzantine Churches. Medieval Byzantine Church Design. The Medieval Decorative System. Christ in the Dome. The Selected Narrative. The Sanctuary. The Narthex.

5. A Cosmopolitan Art.

Art and Diplomacy. Italy. Palaiologan Art. The Renaissance.



Picture Credits.

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