Ch 8: Art & Religion in the Byzantine Empire

About This Chapter

Work through this chapter's lessons and quizzes to review the Byzantine Empire's art and religion. These convenient study resources can benefit anyone who needs to improve their understanding of these subjects for upcoming exams, art history assignments, class discussions or homework.

Art & Religion in the Byzantine Empire - Chapter Summary

Follow along with our expert art history instructors to explore the characteristics, styles and techniques of Byzantine religion, art and architecture. After reviewing a historical timeline of the empire, you'll study the Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Iconoclasm and different periods of Byzantine art . These short lessons help you quickly move through the chapter and remember essential Byzantine art terms. Take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to make sure you fully understand the material. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Summarize the history of the Byzantine Empire
  • Assess early Byzantine art styles and techniques
  • Recognize the characteristics of Byzantine art and architecture
  • Discuss the historical importance of the Hagia Sophia
  • Define the concept of Byzantine Iconoclasm
  • Identify the influences of late Byzantine art

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Art & Religion in the Byzantine Empire
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The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

1. The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical and cultural timeline of the Byzantine Empire and a bit about its famous emperors, Constantine and Justinian, seeing just how this 'New Rome' was established.

Early Byzantine Art: Techniques, Styles & Culture

2. Early Byzantine Art: Techniques, Styles & Culture

In this lesson, you will explore the first period of truly Byzantine art, a style based out of Constantinople. Afterward, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

3. Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples

In this lesson, we look at the development of Byzantine architecture. We examine its relationship to the Byzantine Emperor Justinian. We then compare Byzantine architecture to early Christian architecture and enumerate the distinctly Byzantine elements of their art and architecture: central-plan, domes and pendentives. Finally, we touch briefly on how these architectural masterpieces were decorated.

The Hagia Sophia as Art: Features & Historical Importance

4. The Hagia Sophia as Art: Features & Historical Importance

The Hagia Sophia is one of the most important Byzantine structures ever built. It holds historical significance as a culminating feature of the Christian era Roman Empire and stands as a monument to artistic and architectural achievement.

Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

5. Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

This lesson covers Byzantine art and explains the difficulties of imposing artistic periods. Justinian is introduced as the man behind the Byzantine Golden Age. We explore the interesting dynamic between Byzantine imperialism and Christian religion. Finally, we take a brief look at eastern religious icons.

Byzantine Iconoclasm: Definition & Overview

6. Byzantine Iconoclasm: Definition & Overview

Byzantine icons are beautiful and have a rich history. However, not everyone throughout history loved and respected icons. This lesson will discuss why some Byzantines wanted to destroy icons during the Iconoclasm.

Late Byzantine Art: Styles, Influences & Functions

7. Late Byzantine Art: Styles, Influences & Functions

What characterized art during the last centuries of the Byzantine Empire? Find out as you explore artistic styles and trends and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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