Synopses & Reviews
Mostly religious in function, but preserving the classicism of Greco-Roman art, Byzantine buildings and art objects communicate the purity and certainties of the public face of early Christian art. Focusing on the art of Constantinople between 330 and 1453, this book probes the underlying motives and attitudes of the society which produced such rich and delicate art forms. It examines the stages this art went through as the city progressed from being the Christian center of the Eastern Roman Empire, to its crisis during attack from the new religion of Islam, to its revived medieval splendor and then, after the Latin capture of 1204 and the Byzantine reoccupation after 1261, to its arrival at a period of cultural reconciliation with East and West.
This text focuses on the art of Constantinople from 330 to 1453 and the stages this went through in reaction to historical circumstances. The book shows how changes in society led to changes in art by focusing on particular cases and objects.
About the Author
is Professor in the History of Art in the University of London, and Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Previous books are Writing in Gold
and Painting the Soul
(Runciman Award 1998).
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Rome with a Christian Face? Early Byzantine Art 330-527
Chapter 2: In the Shadow of St Sophia: Byzantine Art in the Sixth Century and its Aftermath 527-680
Chapter 3: The Definition of an Orthodox Christian Empire: Byzantine Art 680-843
Chapter 4: Developments and Diversions in the Consolidated Empire: Middle Byzantine Art 843-1071
Chapter 5: The New Spirituality of the Eleventh Century and the World of the Twelfth Century
Chapter 6: Art in the Service of a Failing Society: Late Byzantine Art 1204-1543
Museums and Websites
List of Illustrations