Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byrantine Era, A. D. 843-1261

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2000 Paperback New 0300086164. Flawless copy, brand new, pristine, never opened--604 pages; 667 illustrations (542 in full color). Publisher's description: "This volume focuses ... on the Second Golden Age?the critically important medieval era?of the Byzantine Empire, presenting insights into the art and culture of the Middle Byzantine era (843?1261) through the discussion of a remarkable number of works of the highest artistic and cultural standards. The book explores the role of the richly multiethnic empire during the centuries in which it influenced, converted, gained, and lost territories as diverse as Kievan Rus', Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Syria, the Holy Land, Egypt, Cyprus, Sicily, South Italy, and the Veneto, while at the same time it set a standard of artistic excellence for Christian kingdoms in the Latin West and for Islamic states in the Near East. Examining more than 350 objects from 119 collections in 24 countries, the reader is presented with the breadth of the Byzantine Empire's art and cul Read more Show Less

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Conceived as the sequel to the landmark exhibition 'Age of Spirituality, ' this book explores four interrelated themes: the religious and secular culture of the Second Golden Age of the Byzantine Empire; the empire's interaction with its Christian neighbors and rivals; its relations with the Islamic East; and its contact with the Latin West.
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The catalog of a major exhibition on Byzantium that just closed at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, this exquisitely produced volume contains essays by leading scholars that describe the objects exhibited and place them within a specific area of the Byzantine empire. Speros Vryonis Jr. leads off the collection with an essay on "Byzantine Society and Civilization." Other notable sections include Toli Kalavezou's "Luxury Objects," Jerry Folda's "Crusader Art," and S. Peter Crowe's "The Georgians." The editors' discussion of the culture of the period is quite thorough and offers new insights. The quality of the reproductions is very good, and both the extensive bibliography and the glossary are highly useful. One only wishes that the footnotes appeared at the bottom of the page rather than at the back of the volume. This work should be included in larger academic and public libraries.Martin Chasin, Adult Inst., Bridgeport, Ct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300086164
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 604
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Statement by the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Christian Church
Sponsors' Statements
Director's Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Lenders to the Exhibition
Contributors to the Catalogue
Map: Byzantium and Its Neighbors, A.D. 843-1261 2
Byzantine Society and Civilization 4
Religious Organization and Church Architecture 20
Manuscripts 82
Popular Imagery 112
Images of the Court 182
Secular Architecture 192
Luxury Objects 218
Ceramic Arts of Everyday Life 254
Christian Neighbors 272
Kievan Rus' 280
The Bulgarians 320
The Georgians 336
The Armenians 350
Christians in the Islamic East 364
Crusader Art 388
Byzantium and the Islamic East 402
Byzantine Art and the Latin West 434
Notes to the Essays 510
Bibliography 522
Glossary 560
Index 563
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