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Byzantine Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Byzantine art encompasses a wide array of artistic mediums, each influenced by historical events and social customs. This chapter covers the techniques, influences and styles of the different periods of Byzantine culture. Self-assess your knowledge with the quizzes at the end of the lessons and feel free to ask questions of a knowledgable instructor. These lessons will answer questions like:
- What are the famous Byzantine works of art?
- How were Byzantine churches constructed?
- How did art differ between the early, middle and late Byzantine periods?
- What are the characteristics of the different artistic mediums?
|The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline||Explore different facets of the empire.|
|Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics||Discover Byzantine mosaics.|
|Byzantine Architecture: History, Characteristics & Examples||Get the basics on Byzantine architecture.|
|Byzantine Iconoclasm: Definition, Lesson & Quiz||Learn about iconoclasm in the empire.|
|The Byzantine Commonwealth: Famous Works||Identify the different iterations of Byzantine art in the 'Byzantine Commonwealth'.|
|Early Byzantine Art: Techniques, Styles & Culture||Identify Early Byzantine works of art.|
|Middle Byzantine Art: Influences, Culture & Techniques||Describe the significance and function of art in the Middle Byzantine period.|
|Late Byzantine Art: Styles, Influences & Functions||Recognize those features that are typical of the arts of the Late Byzantine period.|
|Byzantine Churches: Architecture, Ornamentation & Famous Works||Describe and analyze the architecture and ornamentation of Byzantine churches.|
|The Function of Art & Architecture in Eastern Orthodox Liturgy||Discuss the function of art and architecture within the Eastern Orthodox liturgy.|
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.
2. 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.
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.
4. 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.
5. The Byzantine Commonwealth: Famous Works
In this lesson, you will explore the movement of Byzantine culture across the Byzantine Commonwealth. We'll also discover how art can spread religion.
6. 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.
7. Middle Byzantine Art: Influences, Culture & Techniques
In this lesson, you will explore the art of the middle period of the Byzantine Empire and discover how it both maintained and challenged artistic traditions. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
8. 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.
9. Byzantine Churches: Architecture, Ornamentation & Famous Works
Churches are one of the most important parts of Byzantine architecture, and in this lesson, you will explore the architecture and decoration of these structures. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.
10. The Function of Art & Architecture in Eastern Orthodox Liturgy
Art and architecture are often tied to religion, as was the case in the Byzantine Empire. Discover how they played into Eastern Orthodox worship services and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
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Other chapters within the Art 101: Art of the Western World course
- The Art of Ancient Egypt
- The Art of the Ancient Near East
- The Art of Ancient Greece
- The Art of Ancient Rome
- Early Christian Art
- The Art of Early Medieval Europe
- Romanesque Art
- Gothic Art
- Fifteenth-Century Italian Art
- Fifteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Sixteenth-Century Italian Art
- Sixteenth-Century Art of Northern Europe & Spain
- Baroque Art
- Rococo Art
- Neoclassical Art
- Romanticism in Art
- Realism in Art
- Impressionist Art
- Post-Impressionist Art
- Art of the Early Twentieth Century
- Postwar to Postmodern Art
- Contemporary Art