Ch 6: Byzantine Art
About This Chapter
1. The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline
Learn about the Byzantine Empire, the remnant of glorious Rome. Learn who the mighty Emperors Constantine and Justinian were and see how Constantine founded a New Rome. This lesson provides an overview of the historical and cultural timeline of the Byzantine Empire.
2. Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics
This lesson covers Byzantine art and explains the difficulties of imposing artistic periods. Justinian is introduced as the man behind the Byzantine Golden Age. We explore the interesting dynamic between Byzantine imperialism and Christian religion. Finally, we take a brief look at eastern religious icons.
3. Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples
In this lesson, we look at the development of Byzantine architecture. We examine its relationship to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. We then compare Byzantine architecture to early Christian architecture and enumerate the distinctly Byzantine elements of their art and architecture: central-plan, domes and pendentives. Finally, we touch briefly on how these architectural masterpieces were decorated.
4. Byzantine Iconoclasm: Definition & Overview
Byzantine icons are beautiful and have a rich history. However, not everyone throughout history loved and respected icons. This lesson will discuss why some Byzantines wanted to destroy icons during the Iconoclasm.
5. The Byzantine Commonwealth: Famous Works
In this lesson, you will explore the movement of Byzantine culture across the Byzantine Commonwealth. We’ll also discover how art can spread religion.
6. Early Byzantine Art: Techniques, Styles & Culture
In this lesson, you will explore the first period of truly Byzantine art, a style based out of Constantinople. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
7. Middle Byzantine Art: Influences, Culture & Techniques
In this lesson, you will explore the art of the middle period of the Byzantine Empire and discover how it both maintained and challenged artistic traditions. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. Late Byzantine Art: Styles, Influences & Functions
What characterized art during the last centuries of the Byzantine Empire? Find out as you explore artistic styles and trends and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.
Churches are one of the most important parts of Byzantine architecture, and in this lesson, you will explore the architecture and decoration of these structures. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
10. The Function of Art & Architecture in Eastern Orthodox Liturgy
Art and architecture are often tied to religion, as was the case in the Byzantine Empire. Discover how they played into Eastern Orthodox worship services and test your understanding with a brief quiz.