Perceptions of Byzantium and Its Neighbors (843-1261)

Overview

In this book authorities from around the world examine Byzantine art, discussing its guiding principles and the rich variety of its forms and viewing it as an expression of the complexity and intensity of Byzantium's relations to its neighbors.

Scholars investigate the production, attribution, and dating of Byzantine artworks and explicate the complex relationship between Byzantine and its indigenous cultures. They conclude that just as the influence of modern empires can be ...

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Overview

In this book authorities from around the world examine Byzantine art, discussing its guiding principles and the rich variety of its forms and viewing it as an expression of the complexity and intensity of Byzantium's relations to its neighbors.

Scholars investigate the production, attribution, and dating of Byzantine artworks and explicate the complex relationship between Byzantine and its indigenous cultures. They conclude that just as the influence of modern empires can be traced far beyond their borders by the hegemony of their artistic traditions, the art of the Byzantine empire attests to the full range of its political and cultural power. Lavishly illustrated, this book will be of interest to scholars and nonspecialists alike.

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Byzantinists and those interested in cross-cultural complexity will find much of interest in the thirteen essays of this volume, which examine various works of art that illustrate the use of things Byzantine in the medieval world, and the use in Byzantium of the artistic culture of Islam and the West. Topics include: manuscripts of southern Italy, the Artukid Bowl, the Monomachos Crown, Bulgarian icons, the of Alexios Komnenos Angelos, the use of symbolism from classical antiquity, Georgia and Byzantium, and Nubia and Egypt and Byzantium. The contributors are curators, historians, and art historians in the US and Europe. The essays are well- illustrated with good quality b&w plates. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300200126
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 8/31/2013
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface x
Perceptions of Byzantium 2
Byzantine Monasticism and the Liturgical Arts 22
The Panagiarion of Alexios Komnenos Angelos and Middle Byzantine Painting 40
On the Symbolism of Classical Antique Images in Middle Byzantine Art: A Cameo with a Mythological Subject 56
The State of Research on the Monomachos Crown and Some Further Thoughts 60
The Artukid Bowl: Courtly Art in the Middle Byzantine Period and Its Relation to the Islamic East 84
The Icon of Saint George, with Scenes from His Life, from the Town of Mariupol' 102
The Earliest Surviving Icons from Bulgaria 118
Between Byzantium and Rome: Manuscripts from Southern Italy 136
Church Architecture in Greece during the Middle Byzantine Period 154
Nubia, Egypt, and Byzantium 168
The History of Georgian-Byzantine Relations 182
Georgia and the Byzantine World: Artistic Aspects 188
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