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Heaven on Earth: Art and the Church in Byzantium

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Publisher Comments:

This easily accessible volume, which grew out of a series of lectures presented at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, aims to provide a coherent introduction to Byzantine culture with a focus on the interconnected realms of art and religion. The eight participants have revised their lectures into chapters on Byzantine history, theology, icons and icon theory, church architecture, monumental painting, silver church furnishings, illustrated liturgical books, and pilgrimage. In addition to presenting current research on this range of topics, the chapters each contribute original scholarship from authors who are recognized experts in their respective fields.

The Introduction, by Linda Safran, deals with views and definitions of Byzantium over the course of its long history and considers why that civilization deserves our attention today. It underscores the essential unifying role of the Orthodox religion in a vast and fluid empire and clarifies how the experiential aspects of that religion—churches, liturgy, church arts and imagery, religious travel—open a window into Byzantine culture. Throughout the book, the past is made vivid by considering what Byzantine believers heard and said and did, as well as what they saw.

The book's chapters are cross-referenced and are complemented both by endnotes that cite primary and secondary sources and by "Suggestions for Further Reading" that include English and foreign-language references. There is no comparable art history text that combines this high-caliber range of current scholarship with more than 250 illustrations, including 16 pages of color plates, to introduce Byzantine culture to a broad readership.

Contributors are Joseph Alchermes, Susan A. Boyd, Anna Kartsonis, Henry Maguire, Robert Ousterhout, Eric D. Perl, Nancy Patterson Ševčenko, and Gary Vikan.

About the Author

Linda Safran is Associate Professor of Art History in the department of Greek and Latin at The Catholic University of America. She is the author of San Pietro at Otranto: Byzantine Art in South Italy (1992).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271016702
Subtitle:
Art and the Church in Byzantium
Author:
Safran, Linda
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Location:
University Park, Penn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Christian art and symbolism
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
Art, byzantine
Subject:
In art
Subject:
Christian art and symbolism -- Medieval, 500-1500 -- Byzantine Empire.
Subject:
Orthodox Eastern Church - In art
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Subject:
Heaven on Earth
Subject:
Art and the Church in Byzantium
Subject:
Linda Safran
Subject:
0-271-01669-8
Subject:
0-271-01670-1
Subject:
Art history
Subject:
Sailing to Byzantium: The Sacred Core of a Great Civilization
Subject:
Smithsonian institution
Subject:
Orthodox liturgy
Subject:
Byzantine history
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
icons and icon theory
Subject:
Church architecture
Subject:
monumental painting
Subject:
silver church furnishings
Subject:
illustrated liturgical books
Subject:
Pilgrimage
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Churches
Subject:
Liturgy
Subject:
church arts
Subject:
Imagery
Subject:
religious travel
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 11
Publication Date:
19971222
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 x 0.66 in 2.25 oz

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