Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557): Perspectives on Late Byzantine Art and Culture: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia

Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557): Perspectives on Late Byzantine Art and Culture: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia

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Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557): Perspectives on Late Byzantine Art and Culture: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Symposia by Sarah T. Brooks

The vibrant culture of Byzantium influenced the artistic traditions of neighboring cultures in Western Europe and the Islamic East well into the modern era.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2004 exhibition catalogue Byzantium: Faith and Power, 1261-1557 was among the first to focus on the art of the empire’s final two centuries and its exceptional heritage. This collection of essays by international scholars continues to expand on this area of study, exploring critical issues of politics, trade, religion, and culture that helped shape the last centuries of the empire as well as the rise of the early modern age. By taking different and innovative approaches to the period, the authors arrive at a more complete portrait of Byzantium and its artistic legacy.  Included are essays by Hans Belting, Professor Emeritus of Art History and Media Studies, Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, and Honorary Professor, University of Heidelberg, and Thomas F. Mathews, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300111415
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Series: Metropolitan Museum of Art Series
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 7.88(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Sarah T. Brooks is Research Associate in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Table of Contents


Foreword     vi
Preface     viii
Map: Byzantium and Its Neighbors, 1261-1557     xii
Icons and the Religious Experience     2
Late Byzantium between the Mediterranean and Asia: Trade and Material Culture     20
Byzantium and the Neighboring Powers: Small-State Policies and Complexities     42
The Living Icon: Touching the Transcendent in Palaiologan Iconography and Liturgy     54
Exchanges with Arabic Writers during the Late Byzantine Period     62
Patronage and Artistic Production in Byzantium during the Palaiologan Period     76
The Urban Physiognomy of Constantinople from the Latin Conquest through the Palaiologan Era     98
The Monastery of Mount Sinai and the Cult of Saint Catherine     118
Dandolo's Dreams: Venetian State Art and Byzantium     138
Art and Frontiers between Byzantium and the Caucasus     154
"Moscow the Third Rome" as Historical Ghost     170
Byzantine Palaiologan Icons in Medieval Russia     180=970 01   Photograph Credits     200

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