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Byzantine Art (Oxford History of Art) [Paperback]

By Robin Cormack (Author)
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Description Mostly religious in function, but preserving the classicism of Greco-Roman art, Byzantine buildings and art objects communicate the purity and certainties of the public face of early Christian art. Focusing on the art of Constantinople between 330 and 1453, this book probes the underlying motives and attitudes of the society which produced such rich and delicate art forms. It examines the stages this art went through as the city progressed from being the Christian center of the Eastern Roman Empire, to its crisis during attack from the new religion of Islam, to its revived medieval splendor and then, after the Latin capture of 1204 and the Byzantine reoccupation after 1261, to its arrival at a period of cultural reconciliation with east and west.

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Byzantine Art (Oxford History of Art) by Robin Cormack has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Choice - 06/01/2001 page 1782
  • Library Journal - 03/01/2001 page 78

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 26, 2000
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0192842110  
ISBN13  9780192842114  

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Robin Cormack is Professor in the History of Art in the University of London, and Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Previous books are Writing in Gold and Painting the Soul (Runciman Award 1998).

Robin Cormack has an academic affiliation as follows - Professor Emeritus, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, Univer.

Robin Cormack has published or released items in the following series...
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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > General
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > European
3Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Ancient & Classical
4Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Byzantine
5Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Schools, Periods & Styles > Medieval
6Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Religious
7Books > Subjects > History > World > Medieval

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Exactly what I was looking for  May 24, 2006
I was in search of an affordable book that featured color plates of the greatest art of the Byzantine world, running the gamut from late Roman times through the fall of Constantinople and Robin Cormack's excellent work more than fit the bill. Indeed, this may be the perfect introductory work on Byzantine art. Magnificently produced, the book is positively littered with high-resolution color and black-and-white photos which show amazing amounts of detail. Particularly stunning are the reproductions of the various mosaics from inside the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and from San Vitale in Ravenna.

The text of the book is descriptive and analytical. Though somewhat scholarly in content, the writing is clear and the style is brisk. Enough historical background is provided to make the book suitable for a reader with little or no knowledge of Byzantine history. The devotional aspects of Byzantine Art were handled dispassionately with no trace of secular conceit--not always a given these days--and the Iconoclastic controversy was well covered in commendable detail. My only minor quibble was that the endnotes were buried amidst the back-matter and were somewhat difficult to find.

Over all, Cormack's book will make an excellent textbook for courses in Christian and Medieval Art, and a perfect supplemental text for general Byzantine Studies courses. The lovely cover art and stunning interior photos will also make it the kind of book that will be picked up and perused by friends and family if left around the house.
One of the best introductions to the subject  Nov 4, 2000
Having had the chance to listen to Robin Cormack speak, and always having had an interest in Byzantine art, I look forward to reading this. I was not disappointed in the least. As Cormack rightly points out both in his introduction and his bibliographic essay, the art of Byzantium is presented either in an homongenous manner, linking all stylistic periods and developments into a monolithic, unchanging facade, or as a realm only the specialist would be willing to engage in. Cormack deftly navigates through the subject in such a manner that is both introductary as well as substantial enough for those already familiar with the subject. Where controverserial arguments are needed, Cormack enthusiastically dives in; where basic explanation is necessary, Cormack elucidates without dumbing-down; where a style of writing is called for to atmospherically render the majesty of the art, Cormack's writing never fails.

For those of us teaching art history classes, finding a textbook devoted to Byzantine art is especially difficult. We now have the classic that will be more than sufficient for years to come.


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