Byzantine Art : Contributions And Reflections Of A Falling Empire

1901 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 8 Pages
Erin Edmonds
HIST 457
Dr. John Hulsey
November 1, 2015
Byzantine Art: Contributions to and Reflections of a Falling Empire The role of art within a society serves many functions. However, these functions are consistently changing and morphing alongside the culture they serve. How is art able to reflect and even affect the society it is generated from? More specifically, what impact does art have, in response, on surrounding societies over time? This theme has been questioned throughout art history in nearly every studied culture. This continuation of the Roman Empire was heavily influenced by Grecian ideas, yet Byzantine art was transformed to an entirely new aesthetic and focus. This art is symbolic in nature, and its subject matter as well as style represents distinct changes. While the cause of this transformation is debated, the subject of significance is how this transformation reflected Byzantine society, and how it was able to impact and be impacted by other cultures in the falling of the empire. More specifically, the question of how art in the Byzantine Empire reflected the cultural grouping of Eastern and Western Europe comes to significance within the art history field. Robin Cormack describes the period of Late Byzantine (1204-1453) as containing intense and well-informed theological debate between Byzantine and western religious issues in his book Byzantine Art. Thus, these shifting political circumstances made interaction with the west a part of everyday…

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