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Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday Morning Museum: Byzantine Art

Byzantine Art – Fifth Century A. D. to 1453
Byzantine art is the artistic products of the Eastern Roman, or Byzantine, Empire, as well as the nations and states that inherited culturally from the empire. Though the empire itself emerged from Rome's decline and lasted until the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, many Eastern Orthodox states in Eastern Europe, as well as to some degree the Muslim states of the eastern Mediterranean, preserved many aspects of the empire's culture and art for centuries afterward. – Wikipedia.org

In addition to Lippo Memmi (see art example below), other later centuries Byzantine artists are Guido da Siena and Dionisii.

St. Peter, circa 1330, by Lippo Memmi (1290-1347)

Like Siena painters of his generation the prevailing characteristic of Memmi's work being slender, supple grace. True poetry emerges in his St Peter panel, Peter is no longer severe and dignified, but temperate and merciful, as if he has pity upon the longing soul of the believer. In a deeply moving way Memmi gives his figures a mystical air. – HistoryOfPainters.com
Last Monday’s Art – Baroque Art
Next Monday’s Art – Camden Town Group

Top of post: “Byzantine Art” graphic created by Adrean Darce Brent
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