Part of the Oxford history of art series
The opulence of Byzantine art, with its extravagant use of gold and silver, is well known.
Highly skilled artists created powerful representations reflecting and promoting this society and its values in icons, illuminated manuscripts, and mosaics and wallpaintings placed in domed churches and public buildings.
This complete introduction to the whole period and range of Byzantine art combines immense breadth with interesting historical detail.
Robin Cormack overturns the myth that Byzantine art remained constant from the inauguration of Constantinople, its artistic centre, in the year 330 until the fall of the city to the Ottomans in 1453.
He shows how the many political and religious upheavals of this period produced a wide range of styles and developments in art.
This updated, colour edition includes new discoveries, a revised bibliography, and, in a new epilogue, a rethinking of Byzantine Art for the presentday.