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Saints and Spectacle: Byzantine Mosaics in their Cultural Setting

Carolyn L. Connor

Abstract

The awe-inspiring mosaics covering the walls, vaults, and domes of Byzantine churches of the medieval period still remain a mystery to modern viewers. The systematic character of their arrangement and unrestrained opulence of their appearance indicate a well-developed scheme that exploits not only the architectural framework but also the brilliant medium to their fullest. Three surviving examples in Greece attest to the glory of these mosaiced churches. Colorful scenes from Holy Scripture and portraits of saints appear against backgrounds of solid gold, and seem to float in the surrounding spa ... More

Keywords: Byzantine, church, mosaic, medieval, saint, Constantinople, Iconoclasm, Macedonian dynasty, liturgical procession, ritual

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190457624
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190457624.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn L. Connor, author
Professor Emerita of Classics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill