Ch 6: Byzantine Art

About This Chapter

Watch informative videos to learn all about the artistic style of the Byzantine empire. At the end of every lesson you will find a quiz to measure how well you have learned the material.

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?

LessonObjective
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.

10 Lessons in Chapter 6: Byzantine Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Byzantine Art: Mosaics, History & Characteristics

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.

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.

Byzantine Iconoclasm: Definition & Overview

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.

The Byzantine Commonwealth: Famous Works

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.

Early Byzantine Art: Techniques, Styles & Culture

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.

Middle Byzantine Art: Influences, Culture & Techniques

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.

Late Byzantine Art: Styles, Influences & Functions

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.

Byzantine Churches: Architecture, Ornamentation & Famous Works

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.

The Function of Art & Architecture in Eastern Orthodox Liturgy

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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