Late Byzantine Art

french and italians divided byzantiums into smaller kingdoms but they eventually reconquered

The French and Italian armies sacked Constantinople during the Fourth Crusades in 1204 and divided the Byzantium empire into smaller kingdoms. The Byzantines eventually re-conquered Constantinople in 1261 and the Byzantine Empire continued to reign until

Byzantine styles began to change to reflect emerging dynamic tastes and arts

Art during the final centuries of the Byzantine Empire is known as Late Byzantine art and the styles and conventions of the Early and Middle Byzantine periods begin to change to reflect emerging dynamics and tastes.

wall paintings were favored

Mosaics and frescoes were still used for church decoration, although frescoed wall paintings became more popular. The change in favored medium also changed the types of imagery; wall paintings more heavily favor narrative scenes and cycles instead of stan

started creating two demensional bodies

During this period landscapes and settings began to emerge in two-dimensional art. Furthermore, a new method of depicting the body, with softer modeling and shading was used. Robes and drapery are still schematically rendered, but the figures now have mas


Of the Islamic empire of Turkey.

the chora church's architecture and mosaics are exceptional examples of late byzantine artistic developments and styles

The Chora Church's architecture, mosaics , and frescoes are exceptional examples of Late Byzantine artistic developments and style . The church that stands today consists of two narthices, a parecclesion , and a mortuary chapel.

the figures appear to stand on the ground instead of float

The mosaics demonstrate the new weightiness and smoothness that is seen in Late Byzantine art. As is seen of the Koimesis Mosaic, the bodies are more modeled, delicately shaded, and have mass �the figures appear to stand on the ground instead of float.

wall paintings of the last judgement

Frescoed wall painting is the primary means of decoration in the paracclesion. The program of images relate to Christ and the Virgin Mary by depicting scenes from their lives, their ancestors, and themes of salvation, which culminate in scenes from the La

The anatasis is when the devil grabs the hands of adam and eve. figures are dipictured with grace and a smooth modeling of mass and drapery

The apse fresco of the Anastasis depicts Christ redeeming Old Testament souls from Hell. The scene is full of energy and is centered on Christ who grabs the wrists of Adam and Eve. The figures are depicted with grace and a smooth modeling of mass and drap

christ facial features depict christianities evolution from illegal religion to state religion

Throughout the mosaics and frescoes, Christ is depicted as a bearded (mature and wise) savior and ruler. This evolution from clean-shaven youth to bearded adult coincides with Christianity's evolution from illegal religion to state religion.


The lower portion of an interior wall that is decorated differently from the upper portion.


Also known as the Dormition of the Virgin, this is a depiction of the Virgin Mary in her last sleep, at death, before ascending into Heaven.


An almond-shaped cloud or radiance that surrounds sacred figures, such as Christ or the Virgin Mary, in traditional Christian art.


A side chapel found in Byzantine architecture


: A western vestibule leading to the nave in some (especially Orthodox) Christian churches.

went from orthodox christian to russian attributes

The tradition of Russian icon production began when the Kievian Rus' converted to Orthodox Christianity in the tenth century. As time passed, the technique took on uniquely Russian attributes.

russian icon artists saw themselves of servant of god who transcribed gospels in visual form but they were humble and didn't leave their names

Russian icon artists saw themselves as servants of God who transcribed the Gospels in visual form . Since they did not seek individual glory they did not sign their work, so the names of most Russian icon artists are unknown to Western scholars.

western scholars somehow know their names even though they were humble

Russian icon artists saw themselves as servants of God who transcribed the Gospels in visual form . Since they did not seek individual glory they did not sign their work, so the names of most Russian icon artists are unknown to Western scholars.

The old testament is depected with brilliant colors and subtle lines, modeling, and humanity in the scene

The Old Testament Trinity that depicts the three angels hosted by Abraham and Sarah as described in Genesis 18, is an icon that is ascribed solely to Rublev's hand. The icon is painted with brilliant colors and a delicate hand to depict subtle lines , mod

created in the 17th century and sparked popularity in the 20th century

Exposure to Western styles and the dawn of the modern age changed the appearance of icons and the media in which they were produced: subject matter assumed a more realistic appearance by the seventeenth century and, by the early twentieth century, the mec


A painting medium with either a casein or egg-yolk binder.


A vague advance representation or suggestion of something.

drapes were painted on people which led to a new notion of humanity

Painters in the Late Byzantine period painted scenes with a new sense of naturalism by portraying figures with mass and naturalistic bodies under their clothing; drapery became a garment through which the body was rendered. Landscapes and settings were us

delicately painted with emotion and tension

The Ohrid Icons are a series of icons produced in Constantinople that were later moved to Ohrid Macedonia. The Annunciation from one of the icons is a delicately painted scene filled with emotion and tension.

Byzantine style infused with emotion and humanity

The Crucifixion scene painted behind the altar of the Katholikon of the Monastery of the Virgin at Studenica is Serbia is another scene that depicts figures in the Byzantine style �they are infused with emotion and humanity, represented through their figu

christ became popular in russia

During this time the iconostasis was fully developed and became a popular method of dividing the nave from the altar in Byzantine churches, especially in Russia. This screen was often large and covered in icons of saints and Christ in the general pattern

the artistic creations continued - byzantines assumed greater degrees of naturalism, while the two gold backgrounds remained in most icons

Even as the Byzantine Empire lost territory, its artistic traditions continued, most notably in the Cretan School. In this final phase of Byzantine art, figures and illusionistic space continued to assume greater degrees of naturalism, while the gold back


The major temple or church building of a monastery or diocese in an Eastern Orthodox Church.


: A wall of icons between the sanctuary and the nave in an Eastern Orthodox church.


An iconic representation, common in the Byzantine period, of Christ enthroned, Christ Pantocrator, surrounded by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, often in supplication.