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  Byzantium 330-1453

  edited by Robin Cormack and Maria Vassilaki

  ISBN 978-1-905711-26-0
  orig. $115.00; now $57.50

  494 pages, 9-5/8 x 11-5/8"
  hardcover with dust jacket
  465 color illustrations


  cover: Detail of the Icon of the Archangel Michael, Basilica of St. Mark, Venice.


This magnificent book is the catalog to a landmark exhibition that took place at the Royal Academy in London in 2008.

The extraordinary artistic and cultural riches of Constantinople and its empire are here on display. More than 320 Byzantine treasures drawn from monasteries, museums, and institutions worldwide are illustrated and recorded.

At the height of its power, Byzantium extended throughout much of southern Europe, the Balkans, Anatolia, and the Middle East. Authoritative texts by nearly 100 leading scholars tell the story of the Byzantine empire and its cultural development. Spectacular illustrations of artifacts that include icons, wall paintings, mosaics, manuscripts, ivories, metalwork, and jewellery reveal the distinct style and character of Byzantine art and its influence on both Europe and Islam.


About the Authors

Robin Cormack is Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Maria Vassilaki is Associate Professor of the History of Byzantine Art at the University of Thessaly and Scientific Advisor at the Benaki Museum in Athens, Greece. .

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