The Glory of Byzantium
Edited by Helen C. Evans and William D. Wixom (New York, 1997)
The Glory Of Byzantium is a massive, 600+ page reference published to accompany the exhibition of the art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of the Middle Byzantine period beginning with the restoration of the use of icons by the Orthodox Church in 843 and ends with the occupation of Constantinople by the Crusader forces from the West and 1204 to 1261. More than 350 works of art assembled from 119 institutions in 24 countries are discussed and lavishly illustrated in color in the catalogue, presenting a significant selection of works that survive from the empire and from the countries that constituted its extended sphere of influence. Liturgical objects (including icons, mosaics, chalices, ceramics, jewelry, and manuscripts) reflect the dynamic nature of the art of this era both within and outside of the empire. The first half of the volume treats the historical context, the religious sphere, and the secular courtly realm of the empire; the second half focuses on the interactions between Byzantium and other medieval cultures, including Islam and the Latin West. Soft cover. Very fine, clean and tight condition.