ARCHITECTURE AS ICON. PERCEPTION AND REPRESENTATION OF ARCHITECTURE IN BYZANTINE ART

ARCHITECTURE AS ICON. PERCEPTION AND REPRESENTATION OF ARCHITECTURE IN BYZANTINE ART.

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Presenting the first formulation of a central subject, this volume challenges major assumptions long held by Western art historians and provides new ways of thinking about, looking at, and understanding Byzantine art in its broadest geographic and chronological framework, from A.D. 300 to the early nineteenth century. Byzantine art abandoned classical ideals in favour of formulae that conveyed spiritual concepts through stylized physical forms. Scholarship dealing with Byzantine icons has previously been largely focused on depictions of holy figures, dismissing representations of architecture as irrelevant space-filling background. "Architecture as Icon" demonstrates that background representations of architecture are meaningful, active components of compositions, often as significant as the human figures. The book provides a critical view for understanding the Byzantine conception of architectural forms and space and the corresponding intellectual underpinnings of their representation.

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