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Aya Sofia, Istanbul
Ivory, British Museum
Kariye Camii, Istanbul
Empress Theodora, Ravenna
Armenian Gospel, Isfahan
Painted Monastery, Romania
Heaven on Earth - The Art of Byzantium
This lecture looks at the main characteristics of the art of the Orthodox church from the time when Constantinople was established as the capital of the Eastern Roman - and Christian - Empire in the 4th century AD until its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, and beyond.
It concentrates on the areas and countries which became part of what has been described as the Byzantine Commonwealth - including, for example Ravenna, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as Constantinople itself, the source and model for the Orthodox church everywhere.
But the main emphasis is on the architecture of some selected churches, on icons, frescoes, and other sacred pieces, to explain the spiritual and religious meanings that they convey.
Among some excellent books on Byzantine history and art, and on Orthodox Christianity, are:
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