History of the Byzantine Empire from 716 to 1057

History of the Byzantine Empire from 716 to 1057

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...knowledge and art was not entirely extinct; and the relics of Byzantine jewellery, often found buried in the most distant regions of Europe, prove that a considerable trade was carried on in these works. Even the art of statuary was not entirely neglected, for it has been noticed already that Constantiue VI. erected a statue of bronze in honour of his mother Irene.3 Painting, however, was more universally admired, and mosaics were easily adapted to private dwellings. There were many distinguished painters in the Byzantine empire at this time, and there is reason to think that some of their productions were wonderful displays of artistic skill, without giving credit to the miraculous powers of the works of Lazaros. The missionary Methodios is recorded to have awakened the terror of the King of the Bulgarians by a vivid representation of the tortures of the damned, in a painting combining the natural portraiture of frightful realities mixed with horrors supplied from a fertile imagination. The sombre character of Byzantine art was well adapted to the subject, and the fame Methodios acquired among his contemporaries, as well as from those in after times who saw his paintings, may be accepted as a proof that they possessed some touches of nature and 1 See page 179. s Continuator, 122. Symeon Mag. 450. Const. Manasses, 107. 3 Codinus, Be Orig. Constpl. 62. truth. It would be unfair to decide peremptorily on the A. D. effect of larger works of art from the illuminated Byzan-717-861 tine manuscripts which still exist. Art is subject to strange vicissitudes in very short periods, as may be seen by any one who compares a guinea of the reign of George III. with a coin of Cromwell or even Queen Anne, or who looks at Whitehall and the National Gallery.1 The...show more

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  • Paperback | 182 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 336g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236618807
  • 9781236618801