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Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557)

by Helen C. Evans (Editor)

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This catalogue accompanies the Museum ́s groundbreaking exhibition focusing on the artistic and cultural flowering during the last centuries of the Byzantine Empire. A renowned group of international scholars investigates more than 350 sacred icons and miniatures, frescoes, textiles, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, and examples of gilded metalwork from the Late Byzantine era ́many created for the Orthodox Church and the churches of other Eastern Christian centers of power including Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Cilician Armenia. Magnificent works from ancient cities such as Constantinople, Mistra, and Thessalonike testify to Byzantium's creativity and vigor, and demonstrate how its artistic and intellectual practices deeply influenced the development of the Renaissance. The cultural and historical interaction between, and mutual influence of, the Latin West and the Christian and Islamic East during this fascinating period is explored in seventeen major essays accompanied by an extensive bibliography, glossary, maps, and an index. -- Metropolitan Museum of Art website.… (more)

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This catalogue accompanies the Museum ́s groundbreaking exhibition focusing on the artistic and cultural flowering during the last centuries of the Byzantine Empire. A renowned group of international scholars investigates more than 350 sacred icons and miniatures, frescoes, textiles, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, and examples of gilded metalwork from the Late Byzantine era ́many created for the Orthodox Church and the churches of other Eastern Christian centers of power including Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Cilician Armenia. Magnificent works from ancient cities such as Constantinople, Mistra, and Thessalonike testify to Byzantium's creativity and vigor, and demonstrate how its artistic and intellectual practices deeply influenced the development of the Renaissance. The cultural and historical interaction between, and mutual influence of, the Latin West and the Christian and Islamic East during this fascinating period is explored in seventeen major essays accompanied by an extensive bibliography, glossary, maps, and an index. -- Metropolitan Museum of Art website.

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