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Byzantine Art

Second Edition

Robin Cormack

08 March 2018

ISBN: 9780198778790

272 pages

In Stock

Oxford History of Art

Price: £19.99

A beautifully illustrated, new edition of the best single-volume guide to Byzantine art, providing an introduction to the whole period and range of styles.



A beautifully illustrated, new edition of the best single-volume guide to Byzantine art, providing an introduction to the whole period and range of styles.

  • The best single-volume introduction, tracing over 1500 years of Byzantine art, from the inauguration of Constantinople to the fall of the city to the Ottomans
  • Combines enormous breadth of coverage with fascinating historical detail
  • Covers all forms of Byzantine art, from icons and manuscripts to mosaics and wallpaintings

New to this edition

  • Coverage of recent discoveries and expanded Bibliography and Further Reading lists.
  • Five new images, with many of the existing images updated to colour.
  • A new epilogue and commentary from the author on re-reading Byzantine Art today.

About the Author(s)

Robin Cormack, Professor Emeritus, Courtauld Institute of Art

Robin Cormack is Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He is author of Writing in Gold: Byzantine Society and its Icons (1985), The Byzantine Eye: Collected Studies in Art and Patronage (1989), Painting the Soul: Icons, Death Masks, Shrouds (1997), and Icons (2007, 2014). He co-operated in the production of the film A Window to Heaven (Getty Foundation and Metropolitan Museum of Program for Art on Film, 1990), and was the Royal Academy consultant for the exhibitions From Byzantine to El Greco (1987), The Art of Holy Russia: Icons from Moscow 1400-1660 (1998), and Byzantium 330-1453 (2008-9).

Table of Contents

    1:Rome with a Christian Face? : Early Byzantine Art 330-527
    2:In the Shadow of St Sophia: Byzantine Art in the Sixth Century and its Aftermath 527-680
    3:The Definition of an Orthodox Christian Empire: Byzantine Art 680-843
    4:Developments and Diversions in the Consolidated Empire: Middle Byzantine Art 843-1071
    5:The New Spirituality of the Eleventh Century and the World of the Twelfth Century
    6:Art in the Service of a Failing Society: Late Byzantine Art 1204-1453
    7:Rethinking Byzantine Art: An Epilogue for the new second edition
    Further Reading
    Museums and Websites
    List of Illustrations


"A brilliant book ... accessible to both new and more experienced readers." - Adrian Spooner, Classics for All

"Cormack's book is a masterpiece of synthesis. His book not only provides an elegantly written, thoughtful, and intelligent introduction to one of the most elusive, and often misapprehended artistic civilizations of the past, but also discloses and deconstructs the many biases and preconceived ideas that still influence our understanding of Byzantine tradition." - Michele Bacci, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

"This is the best introduction/introductory book to Byzantine art and to perceptions of that art — both ours and the Byzantines'. The structure remains the same but it has been updated with a subtle shift in emphasis, arguing for Byzantine art as a product of the Roman world. Its not a simple narrative but a questioning of how Byzantine art worked for its audiences." - Liz James, Professor of History of Art, University of SUssex

"Review from previous edition The handbook of Byzantine Art for both lay readers and specialists." - Annabel Wharton, Duke University

"The reader is left with a powerful impression of how the Byzantines themselves must have looked upon the art that surrounded them." - David Buckon, The British Museum

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