Studies in Late Antique, Byzantine & Medieval Western Art Volume I


Late Antique & Byzantine Art

24 x 17 cm
630 pp. 386 illus.
Publication: 2002
ISBN 1 899828 43 5
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 43 2

Book Description

Over the past sixty-five years Ernst Kitzinger has been one of the foremost interpreters of the art of Late Antiquity, Byzantium and the medieval West. Beginning with his “influential doctoral dissertation, reprinted here, on early medieval painting in the city of Rome, where western and eastern Byzantine traditions met, one of his principal concerns has been the movement and exchange of artistic ideas and patterns around the Mediterranean. Painting and mosaics have always been central to his enquiry. One focus has been the mosaics of Norman Sicily, on which he has published numerous ground-breaking books and papers.

All of Professor Kitzinger’s essays on Norman Sicily are included here. Other areas in which he has made outstanding contributions are the arts of Late Antiquity, with a particular emphasis on floor mosaics, medieval Rome, Byzantium in the early and high Middle Ages, and the arts of Anglo-Saxon England.

These two volumes include all of Professor Kitzinger’s major essays, apart from an earlier selection reprinted in 1975. Each has a new preface by Professor Kitzinger, and comes with a comprehensive index.

Volume I Contents

  • Preface
  • Late Antique: The story of Joseph on a Coptic textile
  • Notes on Coptic sculpture
  • The horse and lion tapestry in Dumbarton Oaks: A study in Coptic and Sassanian textile design
  • A survey of the early Christian town of Stobi
  • Studies on late antique and early Byzantine floor mosaics: I. Mosaics at Nikopolis
  • The threshold of the Holy Shrine: Observations on floor mosaics at Antioch and Bethlehem
  • Observations on the Samson floor at Mopsuestia
  • A pair of silver book covers in the Sion treasure
  • A fourth century floor mosaic in Pisidian Antioch
  • The Cleveland marbles
  • Christian imagery: growth and impact
  • Byzantine: The Hellenistic heritage in Byzantine art
  • The cross of Cerularius: An art-historical comment
  • Byzantium and the West in the second half of the twelfth century: Problems of stylistic relationships
  • Mosaico, introduzione
  • Il mosaico bizantino e medievale dopo Giustiniano
  • The role of miniature painting in mural decoration
  • The Hellenistic heritage in Byzantine art reconsidered
  • Reflections on the feast cycle in Byzantine art
  • The Pantokrator bust: two medieval interpretations
  • Artistic patronage in early Byzantium
  • Index

See also:
Volume II

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