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Art and Eloquence in Byzantium

By (author) Henry Maguire
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Princeton University Press, New Jersey, United States
Published: 21st Jan 1982
Weight: 791g
ISBN-10: 0691039720
ISBN-13: 9780691039725
Barcode No: 9780691039725
In this interdisciplinary study, Henry Maguire examines the impact of several literary genres and rhetorical techniques on the visual arts of Byzantium. In particular, he shows that the literary embellishments of the sermons and hymns of the church nourished the imaginations of artists, and fundamentally affected the iconography, style, and arrangement of their work. Using provocative material previously unfamiliar to art historians, he concentrates on religious art from a.d. 843 to 1453.

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"Maguire draws on a huge range of religious literature which is little known to make his points, as well as the whole corpus of mediaeval monumental art, plus some examples from ivories, panel paintings and illuminated manuscripts. In the process, many suggestive parallels between text and image are made, offering new light on the development of Byzantine iconography."--Nicholas Gendle, "Art International"