This empire's long history included tradition and controversies that affected art production.
c. 330–1453 C.E.
Byzantine art includes work created from the fourth century to the fifteenth century and encompasses parts of the Italian peninsula, the eastern edge of the Slavic world, the Middle East, and North Africa. So what is Byzantine art, and what do we mean when we use this term?
By Dr. Ellen Hurst
To speak of “Byzantine Art” is a bit problematic, since the Byzantine empire and its art spanned more than a millennium and penetrated geographic regions far from its capital in Constantinople. Thus, Byzantine art includes work created from the fourth century to the...
By Dr. Evan Freeman
Constantine renamed the new capital of the Roman Empire “Constantinople” and the Byzantine Empire was born—or was it?
By Dr. Davor Džalto
The word “icon” refers to many different things today. For example, we use this word to refer to the small graphic symbols in our software and to powerful cultural figures. Nevertheless, these different meanings retain a connection to the word's original meaning....
By Dr. Alicia Walker
Jewelry and clothing tell us about about social identity, religious beliefs, and concerns about physical and spiritual well-being in the Byzantine Empire.