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In A.D. 843, following the resolution of the Iconoclastic controversy, which had raged throughout the Byzantine Empire for more than a century, the use of icons—images—was triumphantly reinstated in the Orthodox Church. This momentous event inspired much of the art of the following four centuries, which comprises the second great era of Byzantine culture and provides the starting point of this volume. The Glory of Byzantium, and the exhibition that it accompanies, concludes with the demise of the empire's role as a world power, evidenced by the Latin occupation of Constantinople from 1204 to 1261.

Conceived as the sequel to the landmark exhibition "Age of Spirituality," which was held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1976 and focused on the first centuries of Byzantium, "The Glory of Byzantium" explores four interrelated themes: the religious and secular culture of the Second Golden Age of the Byzantine Empire; the empire's interaction with its Christian neighbors and rivals; its relations with the Islamic East; and its contact with the Latin West. Bringing together the contributions of fifty-nine scholars and art historians, most of them working in the United States, the text explores the complex currents of Byzantine civilization in its myriad facets. More than 350 works of art assembled for the exhibition from 119 institutions in 24 countries are discussed and illustrated in the catalogue. Together they present a significant selection of the most beautiful and meaningful works that survive from the empire's Second Golden Age and from the countries that constituted its extended sphere of influence. Liturgical objects—including icons, mosaics, chalices, patens, and reliquaries—and secular objects—silks, ivories, ceramics, jewelry, and manuscripts—reflect the dynamic nature of the art of this era both within and outside the empire.

The first half of the volume treats the historical context, the religious sphere, and the secular courtly realm of the empire; the second half focuses on the interactions between Byzantium and other medieval cultures, including Islam and the Latin West. The 17 essays are accompanied by detailed discussions of the works of art and by full-color photographs, as well as by views of architectural sites and comparative illustrations. Many of these illustrations were made specifically for this volume by Bruce White, photographer, on site in Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, Bulgaria, Hungary, Georgia, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation. [This book was originally published in 1997 and has gone out of print. This edition is a print-on-demand version of the original book.]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300200249
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Pages: 604
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 11.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Statement by the Ecumenical Patriarch of the Orthodox Christian Churchvii
Sponsors' Statementsviii
Director's Forewordxiii
Prefacexv
Acknowledgmentsxvii
Lenders to the Exhibitionxxii
Contributors to the Cataloguexxv
Map: Byzantium and Its Neighbors, A.D. 843-12612
Byzantine Society and Civilization4
Religious Organization and Church Architecture20
Catalogue numbers 1-4036
Manuscripts82
Catalogue numbers 41-6488
Popular Imagery112
Catalogue numbers 65-136118
Images of the Court182
Secular Architecture192
Catalogue numbers 137-147200
Luxury Objects218
Catalogue numbers 148-178224
Ceramic Arts of Everyday Life254
Catalogue numbers 179-192258
Christian Neighbors272
Kievan Rus'280
Catalogue numbers 193-219288
The Bulgarians320
Catalogue numbers 220-229326
The Georgians336
Catalogue numbers 230-237342
The Armenians350
Catalogue numbers 238-243356
Christians in the Islamic East364
Catalogue numbers 244-257372
Crusader Art388
Catalogue numbers 258-268392
Byzantium and the Islamic East402
Catalogue numbers 269-289412
Byzantine Art and the Latin West434
Catalogue numbers 290-344450
Notes to the Essays510
Bibliography522
Glossary560
Index563

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