Byzantine Art And The Roman Empire Essay

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“The models from which medieval Northern Europe in particular formed its idea of “Roman” style are nearly all portable Late Antique works, and the Late Antique carved sarcophagi found all over the former Roman Empire; the determination to find earlier “purer” classical models, was a key element in the art all’antica of the Renaissance.” (Henderson 1977)
Byzantine art is the Greek-speaking Byzantine Empire art that had been created after the Roman Empire division of the Eastern and Western sides and even pieces of Italy under the Byzantine rule. It surfaces around 500 CE by Late Antiquity and later formed a different tradition from Catholic Europe. Byzantine art represented sophistication and delicate technique during the early stages of the medieval times. Icons were destroyed between 730-843 during this period from iconoclasm (Rice 1968). Any discovery made nowadays creates a greater understanding of this period since very little remains and what remains has been kept in Italy or Egypt.
Byzantine art during this time was described as “extremely conservative, for religious and cultural reasons” (Rice 1968) but it still continued to have a tradition of Greek realism. After the continuing production from 843 to 1453 the Byzantine art had continued their works with almost no major changes even though there was a small decline throughout the Empire. A revival of 10th century classic style art and court art had been noticed like the Paris Psalter (Kitzinger 1955). Through the…

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