Byzantine Art (Oxford History of Art)

December 1, 2020
Byzantine Art (Oxford History of Art)

Mostly religious in function, but preserving the classicism ofGreco-Roman art, Byzantine buildings and art objects communicatethe purity and certainties of the public face of early Christianart. Focusing on the art of Constantinople between 330 and 1453,this book probes the underlying motives and attitudes of thesociety which produced such rich and delicate art forms. Itexamines the stages this art went through as the city progressedfrom being the Christian center of the Eastern Roman Empire, to itscrisis during attack from the new religion of Islam, to its revivedmedieval splendor and then, after the Latin capture of 1204 and theByzantine reoccupation after 1261, to its arrival at a period ofcultural reconciliation with East and West.