Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557)

Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557)

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by Helen C. Evans
     
 

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Written to accompany the exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004, this handsome catalogue matches in ambition and scholarly depth the exhibition itself, which featured over 350 works, the majority of them loaned from collections worldwide, many of them rarely seen outside their religious setting. The catalogue is organized around thematic essays

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Written to accompany the exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2004, this handsome catalogue matches in ambition and scholarly depth the exhibition itself, which featured over 350 works, the majority of them loaned from collections worldwide, many of them rarely seen outside their religious setting. The catalogue is organized around thematic essays written by specialists worldwide, with the appropriate works from the exhibition following each essay, each with a full entry. Among the topics for the essays are religious settings, sculpture, liturgical implements, miniature mosaic and steatite icons, manuscript illumination, liturgical textiles, Byzantium and the Islamic world, Christian communities of the Middle East, Italy and the mendicant orders, Venice, the role of Byzantium in the revival of art and learning in Italy and France, and the use of icons by artists of the Northern Renaissance. Evans is curator of Early Christian and Byzantine art at the Met. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Christopher Benfey
Yeats imagined Byzantium -- another multifarious world of East and West -- as an aesthetic utopia, with Grecian goldsmiths fashioning miraculous things ''to keep a drowsy Emperor awake.'' Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557), edited by Helen C. Evans, discerns a more complicated picture in the final phase of Byzantine art, when the Orthodox Church still knit a vast region, from Greece to Russia, together with a lively trade in miracle-working icons, relics of the true cross and pilgrimages to the holy Mount Athos.
The New York Times
Library Journal
Both lavish and hefty (it weighs almost seven pounds), this book has been issued in conjunction with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent exhibition of the same name. The text covers the 300-year period starting with the restoration in 1261 of Greek Orthodox rule in Byzantium and demonstrates the artistic and cultural importance of this period primarily through the arts of the Orthodox Church. The book focuses on objects in the exhibit-350 examples of Byzantine art from 26 countries and the Vatican-with detailed descriptions written by over 100 scholars and curators drawn from around the world. The radiant gold iconic Virgins, frescoes, textiles, illuminated manuscripts, gilded metalwork, and other liturgical objects are beautifully reproduced, many for the first time. Expertly edited by Evans, curator of the museum's Department of Medieval Art, this comprehensive and scholarly work is highly recommended for academic libraries and larger public and high school libraries where there is a serious interest in religious art and world history.-Ann D. Carlson, Oak Park & River Forest H.S., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588391131
Publisher:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
658

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