Tag Archives: Byzantine Art

angel: flight and fight of faith

Of Jacob’s meeting with the angel, the Bible says only, “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” There is no hint here that the stranger was anything but fully … Continue reading

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NOT OUR CROSS TO BEAR

Between the material and the temporal, represented in Byzantium by the emperor and the imperial body politic, and the spiritual and the eternal, represented by the saints, there is the image forming world of the soul, the world of the … Continue reading

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SAILING TO BYZANTIUM

”They held in their lifeless hands the riches of their fathers, without inheriting the spirit which had created and improved that sacred patrimony:they read, they praised, they compiled. but their languid souls seemed alike incapable of thought and action. In … Continue reading

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WHERE THE WEST WAS WON

The achievement of the Byzantines was to keep barbarians at bay, create a new art, preserve Western culture for a thousand years, and push a little further the limits of piety and depravity. It is only recently that the word … Continue reading

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HAIL MARYS AT THE SUPERNATURAL

Giotto turned the art of painting from Greek or Byzantine into latin and rendered it modern. Duccio brought the Byzantine style to a fresh late flowering, that stopped short of complete transition. Giotto’s achievement gave painting the direction it was … Continue reading

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SOFT & SWEET SUPER BEINGS

From today’s point of view, The unrealistic character ¬†of Duccio’s style is evident. It can even be relished as an abstract aspect of aesthetic intention. However, a comparison of Duccio to the masters of the Byzantine tradition shows that he … Continue reading

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