Icon of the Archangel Michael

Icon of the Archangel Michael, late 10th–first half of 11th century, silver-gilt, gold cloisonné enamel, stones, pearls (now missing), glass, 44 x 36 cm, likely made in Constantinople (Treasury of the Basilica of San Marco, Venice). Video generously supported by the Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc.

Additional resources

Learn more about the Byzantine Studies Association of North America, Inc.

An introduction to icons.

Medieval materiality across the Mediterranean, 900–1500, a Reframing Art History chapter.

High-res images of this work on the Meraviglie di Venezia (Wonders of Venice).

Video of the icon seen in candlelight.

David Buckton, ed. The Treasury of San Marco Venice (Milan: Olivetti, 1984).

David Buckton, “Byzantine Enamel and the West,” in Byzantium and the West 850–1200, edited by J.D. Howard-Johnston (Amsterdam, 1988), pp. 235–44.

Henry Maguire and Robert S. Nelson, San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2010).

Bissera Pentcheva, “The Performative Icon,” The Art Bulletin 88.4 (2006), pp. 631–55.

Cite this page as: Dr. Ariel Fein and Dr. Brad Hostetler, "Icon of the Archangel Michael," in Smarthistory, November 15, 2022, accessed September 29, 2023, https://smarthistory.org/icon-of-the-archangel-michael/.