Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Episode 90: The Influences of Byzantine Art and Architecture.

The Byzantine Empire started out as the Eastern half of the Roman Empire. Much of the art we associate with it today is Christian related. Christianity gained popularity in Byzantium after the Roman Emperor Constantine stopped the persecution of Christians and eventually declared himself a Christian.
The beautiful mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, architecture and other arts created in the Byzantine Empire influenced other countries and places outside the Roman empires region and time. 
Lets take a look at some examples of Byzantine art and architecture, and other art that was influenced by it...

Page from the Rabula Gospels (Mesopotamia, 6th century AD)

Virgin And Child Flanked By Justinian I And Constantine I, Hagia Sophia 

Mosaic from the Basilica of Santa Prassede, Rome, Italy
The Temptations of Christ, St. Mark's Basilica, Venice Italy, 12th Century

Cross section of the Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul Turkey, As it looks today
Sacre Coeur, Paris, France
Example of Byzantine carving
See you next Wednesday for a new episode on Great Artist Rivalries! Have a great week!

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