Byzantium: From Antiquity to the Renaissance (Perspectives)

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9780131833340: Byzantium: From Antiquity to the Renaissance (Perspectives)

With images culled from eleven hundred years of history, this comprehensive survey explores the Byzantine empires vast range of artistic splendours that indelibly informed the art of modern Europe. Renowned scholar Thomas Mathews emphasizes that the Byzantines interest in humanism and painting the human figure became the essential bridge between classical and renaissance Europe. Starting with a brief history of Byzantium as a basis for understanding Byzantine theology and art, he places the empires artistic development within a broad cultural and historical context. Featuring more than one hundred colour plates of mosaics, metalwork, architecture, frescoes and religious artefacts, as well as maps, diagrams, and a timeline, this definitive work provides a complete yet succinct introduction to the full range of Byzantine art and iconography.

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Thomas F. Mathews is John Langeloth Loeb Professor in the History of Art at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. The author of numerous books on Byzantine art, including The Clash of Gods, Treasures in Heaven, and The Byzantine Churches of Istanbul, he is also a contributor to The Glory of Byzantium (Yale).


For more than 1000 years Byzantine emperors reigned over a wealthy world. This text surveys the Medieval culture - the bridge between classical antiquity and the Renaissance. It explores all aspects from Caucasus to Constantinople, from pagan Roman portraits to Christian icons.

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