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)


Additional resources

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 December 10, 2022, https://smarthistory.org/icon-of-the-archangel-michael/.