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Writing in gold : Byzantine society and its icons

Author: Robin Cormack
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Writing in Gold is a bold and challenging statement about the importance of the visual arts in a largely illiterate society. Exploring the height of Byzantine society from the 6th to the 12th centuries through a survey of the period's surviving paintings, mosaics, and metalware, the book shows how these art objects molded attitudes and beliefs in the medieval world. The examples chosen cover the full range of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cormack, Robin.
Writing in gold.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1985
(OCoLC)568693844
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Cormack
ISBN: 0195204867 9780195204865
OCLC Number: 12648742
Description: 270 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
Responsibility: Robin Cormack.
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Writing in Gold is a bold and challenging statement about the importance of the visual arts in a largely illiterate society. Exploring the height of Byzantine society from the 6th to the 12th centuries through a survey of the period's surviving paintings, mosaics, and metalware, the book shows how these art objects molded attitudes and beliefs in the medieval world. The examples chosen cover the full range of Byzantine society from the sophisticated urban environment of Constantinople, where emperors used art to maintain loyalty and support for the system, to the life of a small community on Cyprus, where a recluse used art to glorify himself to his disciples. Written in a lively style, and drawing on new and original material throughout, Writing in Gold illuminates an intriguing period in art history.

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