This magnificent volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the 7th to the 9th century. At the beginning of the 7th century, the Empire's southern provinces, the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, were at the crossroads of exchanges reaching from Spain to China. These regions experThis magnificent volume explores the epochal transformations and unexpected continuities in the Byzantine Empire from the 7th to the 9th century. At the beginning of the 7th century, the Empire's southern provinces, the vibrant, diverse areas of North Africa and the eastern Mediterranean, were at the crossroads of exchanges reaching from Spain to China. These regions experienced historic upheavals when their Christian and Jewish communities encountered the emerging Islamic world, and by the 9th century, an unprecedented cross-fertilization of cultures had taken place.This extraordinary age is brought vividly to life in insightful contributions by leading international scholars, accompanied by sumptuous illustrations of the period's most notable arts and artifacts. Resplendent images of authority, religion, and trade—embodied in precious metals, brilliant textiles, fine ivories, elaborate mosaics, manuscripts, and icons, many of them never before published—highlight the dynamic dialogue between the rich array of Byzantine styles and the newly forming Islamic aesthetic. With its masterful exploration of two centuries that would shape the emerging medieval world, this illuminating publication provides a unique interpretation of a period that still resonates today....
|Title||:||Byzantium And Islam: Age Of Transition|
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Byzantium And Islam: Age Of Transition Reviews
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has produced several other superb art books on Byzantium ('Glory of Byzantium: Arts and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843-1261' and 'Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261-1557') and this one is no different. As I was not able to attend the actual exhibition, I cannot review this book in relation to what was displayed there. The scope of this book is roughly Byzantium and the early centuries of Islamic rule in the Near East. The book is composed of just under two-hundred entries on art and artefacts from that time period and part of the world, divided into three big sections: Byzantium, Commerce, and Islam. Most of the artefacts are dated from the sixth-eighth centuries under the first heading, with the ninth and tenth occasionally coming up in the latter two categories. Each and every entry is includes a full colour image of the artefact (and occasionally more). The entries themselves are of the highest quality. Despite the brevity of most of them (a few paragraphs) they each have a numerous end notes and tend to make reference to the literature which does not necessarily support what the author is arguing about the artefact. Thus not only is this book a rather pretty collection of photographs of two-hundred artefacts from a pivotal period, it is well referenced and a useful scholarly book. For the price and the selection of artefacts contained within, this book is a steal, and historians of the period cannot afford to not have a copy of this, while the general public is likely to learn a great deal and enjoy the brief but informative entries alongside the excellent photographs.
Catalogue of the July 1997 exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Second in a series. So the book documents hundreds of pieces and their age and provenance for materials collected from all over. They had sports teams too!