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Byzantium 330-1453

   
Edited by Robin Cormack and Maria Vassilaki

“The term Byzantine has come to mean something tortuous—a rigidly hierarchic or labyrinthine process—and these negative connotations have, unjustly, tarnished an extraordinary culture that flourished over a thousand year period at a time of great uncertainty and change. The continuity provided by Byzantium and its empire was felt across a great expanse of the world through Europe, the Balkans, Anatolia and the Middle East and its influence in the shape of religious art and architecture has remained constant since Constantinople, the fabled capital city of the Empire, was founded in 330 as the New Rome. It was rightly seen as one of the great cities of history, with its beautiful domed churches, gracious palaces and wide colonnaded streets running through parks and cultivated gardens. Drawing on the traditions of the ancient world, a new art developed to serve the official state religion of Christianity making it the first great Christian Empire; wealth accumulated through its territories and tax regimes and an active trade network led to a flourishing of the arts as churches and monasteries were built and handsomely decorated to advance the belief. ‘Byzantium 330-1453’ gives us the first opportunity since 1958 to witness this great civilization in its entirety, from its foundation by the Roman Emperor, Constantine the Great, to its ultimate demise in 1453 at the hands of the Ottoman Sultan, Mehmet the Conqueror, when Constantinople fell. The journey is a long and fascinating one which guides us over a thousand year period, but which, remarkably, still continues to exist in the Orthodox Holy Monasteries of St Catherine at Sinai, Mouth Athos, Patmos and many others which continue to practice as they have done for nearly two millennia and, in so doing, reveal a world that has in many ways been lost to us.”
—“Patron’s Foreword”

CONTENTS

Committees
Patron’s Foreword
Prime Ministers’ Forewords
President’s Foreword
Director’s Foreword
Supporters’ Prefaces
Acknowledgements
Chronology
ROBIN CORMACK
Maps
Essays
I
A Historical Introduction
CYRIL MANGO
II
The Art of Byzantium: 330–1453
ROBIN CORMACK AND MARIA VASSILAKI
Catalogue Plates
1
The Beginnings of Christian Art
THOMAS F. MATTHEWS
2
From Constantine to Iconoclasm
HENRY MAGUIRE
3
At Court
ANTHONY CUTLER
4
At Home
Part 1: Ceramics of Everyday Life
DEMETRA PAPANIKOLA-BAKIRTZI
At Home:
Part 2: Metalwork of Everyday Life
MARLIA MUNDELL MANGO
At Home:
Part 3: Jewellery and Adornment
AIMILIA YEROULANOU
5
At Church
LIZ JAMES
6
Icons
NANO CHATZIDAKIS
7
Byzantium and the West
MICHELE BACCI
8
Beyond Byzantium
ANTONY EASTMOND
9
The Monastery of St Catherine at Sinai
MARIA VASSILAKI AND ROBIN CORMACK
Catalogue entries
Endnotes
Glossary
ROBIN CORMACK
Bibliography
Lenders to the Exhibition
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index

Item Number: BKRB892C
Publication Data: London, United Kingdom: Royal Academy of Arts, 2008
Format: hardcover
Number of Pages: 494
Dimensions (l × w × h): 30.8 cm × 25.3 cm × 3.9 cm
Additional Information: full-color illustrations, dust jacket
ISBN: 978‒1‒905711‒26‒0

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