Heaven on Earth Art and the Church in Byzantium

ISBN-10: 0271016701

ISBN-13: 9780271016702

Edition: N/A

Authors: Linda Safran
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Description: This easily accessible volume, which grew out of a series of lectures presented at the Smithsonian Institution in 1991, aims to provide a coherent introduction to Byzantine culture with a focus on the interconnected realms of art and religion. The eight participants have revised their lectures into chapters on Byzantine history, theology, icons and icon theory, church architecture, monumental painting, silver church furnishings, illustrated liturgical books, and pilgrimage. In addition to presenting current research on this range of topics, the chapters each contribute original scholarship from authors who are recognized experts in their respective fields.The Introduction, by Linda Safran, deals with views and definitions of Byzantium over the course of its long history and considers why that civilization deserves our attention today. It underscores the essential unifying role of the Orthodox religion in a vast and fluid empire and clarifies how the experiential aspects of that religion—churches, liturgy, church arts and imagery, religious travel—open a window into Byzantine culture. Throughout the book, the past is made vivid by considering what Byzantine believers heard and said and did, as well as what they saw.The book's chapters are cross-referenced and are complemented both by endnotes that cite primary and secondary sources and by "Suggestions for Further Reading" that include English and foreign-language references. There is no comparable art history text that combines this high-caliber range of current scholarship with more than 250 illustrations, including 16 pages of color plates, to introduce Byzantine culture to a broad readership.Contributors are Joseph Alchermes, Susan A. Boyd, Anna Kartsonis, Henry Maguire, Robert Ousterhout, Eric D. Perl, Nancy Patterson Ševčenko, and Gary Vikan.

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List price: $54.95
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 12/22/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.78" wide x 11.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.464
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Map
Introduction
Constantinople and the Empire of New Rome
"... That Man Might Become God": Central Themes in Byzantine Theology
The Responding Icon
The Holy Space: Architecture and the Liturgy
The Cycle of Images in the Church
Art in the Service of the Liturgy: Byzantine Silver Plate
Illuminating the Liturgy: Illustrated Service Books in Byzantium
Byzantine Pilgrims' Art
Glossary
Index
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