Byzantine Art & Architecture


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What was the Byzantine Empire?

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1. Why did Byzantine art feature human figures that were often elongated, greenish in color, or not realistically interacting with the background?

2. What is a Byzantine icon?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

After the fall of the Roman Empire, much of its cultural and artistic heritage was carried on by what became the Byzantine Empire. This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of Byzantine art and architecture. Read over the quiz to test you understanding of things such as the history of the Byzantine Empire, the artistic forms found in Byzantine art, and the relationship between Christianity and Byzantine architecture.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet you'll be tested on:

  • The history of the Byzantine Empire
  • Qualities of Byzantine art
  • Byzantine icons
  • Byzantine churches
  • Pendentives

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure you can recall important information regarding the history and characteristics of the art and architecture of the Byzantine Empire
  • Defining key concepts - understand the definitions of key terminology from the lesson, such as icon and pendentive
  • Knowledge application - use the questions at the end of the work sheet to apply the knowledge you've gained on Byzantine art and architecture

Additional Learning

To learn more about the artistic works of the Byzantine Empire, review the corresponding lesson on Byzantine Art & Architecture. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • The Byzantine Empire
  • Byzantine art
  • Byzantine architecture