Byzantine Painting: Historical and Critical Study by André Grabar

By André Grabar

André Nicolaevitch Grabar, Byzantine portray: ancient and important learn, Translated by means of Stuart Gilbert
© by means of variations d'Art Albert Skira, 1953.
Library of Congress Catalog Card quantity: 53-11064

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Byzantine Painting: Historical and Critical Study

André Nicolaevitch Grabar, Byzantine portray: ancient and demanding examine, Translated via Stuart Gilbert
© by way of variations d'Art Albert Skira, 1953.
Library of Congress Catalog Card quantity: 53-11064

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In Semitic and Iranian East, and flourished in the second 38 we learn from and third centuries any case it this art bears the stamp of the a fact of capital importance: that there in Syria a type of monumental painting that foreshadowed the Byzantine aesthetic of the sixth century and, also, various specific procedures subsequently employed by Byzantine artists under Justinian. True, we are not as yet in a position to demonstrate any more direct affihation between these art manifestations so widely separated in time and space.

Invariably the same passages are given a picture, while others never have one —and it is not only those which do not lend themselves to illustration that are not illustrated. The truth is that the methods of the illuminator were those of the scribe; both alike were, functionally, copyists. Thus it is down to us; never originals, ancestors of the various we always find differences of treatment between these only copies that have come "families" of copies. True, copies and, artistically speaking, each has program of these groups of small pictures never or hardly ever varies.

At Nagoricino and Lesnovo in Serbia), nothing is known about them personally; all the same the decoration of each church is obviously due to a single mastercraftsman, whose personality makes itself felt in the style of the painting and whose origin and training it might be possible to trace. It is, to be sure, a matter of fine shades of difference; for at no time up to the fall of Byzantium do we find artists with personalities as strongly marked as those of the famous painters in Italy from the thirteenth century on.

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