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Feb 14 2013

Categories: Art of different countries

Icons and Iconoclasm


The worship of icons in the Byzantine empire was so largely developed and widespread, that it influenced on local customs that much differred from the Western ones. By the beginning of the 8th century it has taken unimaginable proportions, leading to open inner struggles, known as iconoclasm.

Feb 25 2011

Categories: Art of different countries

The Rise and Development of the Byzantine Empire


Byzantine Empire, one of the longest medieval state formation, had a very specific artistic expression. In the first of several articles which will deal with this topic, we will get acquainted with some of its eminent emperors, buildings whose construction had prompted and art that developed in the Byzantine Empire in the first three centuries of its existence.

Jul 17 2010

Categories: Painting

Images of Byzantine Emperors in Mosaics of Hagia Sophia


Hagia Sophia holds preserved one of the largest corpuses of mosaics imaging Byzantine emperors. They are sacramential mosaics, in which the emperors are displayed bearing gifts or kneeling before the Christ or Virgin Mary. Residing on the walls of the church, where figures of saints are usually displayed, the emperors, shown with aureolas on their heads, are also represented as holy figures.