Byzantium Rediscovered

Byzantium Rediscovered

by J. B. Bullen
     
 

Although the Byzantine style was never widely popular, it was nevertheless important and influential. The legacy of Byzantium was interpreted in many different ways and used to promote different aims. Professor Bullen's original and pioneering interdisciplinary study presents the first coherent account of the varied manifestations of Byzantinism in Germany, Austria,… See more details below

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Although the Byzantine style was never widely popular, it was nevertheless important and influential. The legacy of Byzantium was interpreted in many different ways and used to promote different aims. Professor Bullen's original and pioneering interdisciplinary study presents the first coherent account of the varied manifestations of Byzantinism in Germany, Austria, France, Britain and America. The book is richly illustrated not only with original Byzantine models and the works they inspired, but also with reproductions from the finely illustrated publications that played an important role in their own right in promoting Byzantium as an ideal. Covering politics, religion and literature as well as the arts, this is an exemplary study in cultural history, providing real insight into the interplay of ideas and forms.

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Manifestations of the exotic and theatrical complexities of neo-Byzantine influences on 19th- and early 20th-century architecture and art are the focus of this studious interdisciplinary survey. Fueled by extant buildings, powerful mythologies, and literature, Gothic Revivalism was more widespread, but Byzantium's round arches, dazzling mosaics, fabled past, and claims to primitive Christianity also inspired Western architects and artists. Bullen (English, Univ. of Reading) presents a patchwork of neo-Byzantine influences in Germany (there termed Rundbogenstil), France, England, and the United States; the section on Great Britain, which features Ruskin, Morris, Burne-Jones, and Westminster Cathedral, is the longest and most developed. Bullen examines U.S. buildings, interiors, and decorations by H.H. Richardson (Trinity Church, Boston), Ralph Adams Cram, Louis Comfort Tiffany (Columbian Chapel, Chicago), John Singer Sargent, and Bertram Goodhue. The author excels in interweaving Byzantine-inspired architecture and art with writings by Goethe, Yeats, and other authors. The reproductions of art and cool, calm Byzantine interiors are mostly superb, although some exterior shots are very small. Recommended for academic and architectural libraries as the most comprehensive survey currently available in English.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ. Lib., Evanston, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714846385
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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