Byzantine painting inspired by Museum of Argolis exhibit


Byzantine

Byzantine, Oil on wood, 48 inches by 24 inches, 2015

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My painting Byzantine is a rendition of a carving I first came across in the Archaeological Museum of Argos Greece. It has since been moved and is now in the recently opened Byzantine Museum of Argolis.  Opened in March 2017.

byzantine

Byzantine

byzantine

Templon closure slab

The templon closure slab with a relief representation of a peacock pecking grapes is from the church of the Virgin Mary, Larissa Castle, Argos, 2nd half of the 12th century.

Byzantine

Byzantine Museum of Argolis

byzantine

Byzantine Museum of Argolis

Symbolism

Byzantine sculptures often involved symbols, such as vines, alpha and omega symbols of Christ, the ship of the church and the four rivers of the four Gospels. Sheep and lambs represented disciples, doves represented the soul, and the peacock symbolized immortality. The Byzantines associated sculptures that depicted the saints, the Madonna and the Redeemer with pagan cults, so they avoided accurately depicting figures in sculptures.

Materials

The Byzantines often used marble when carving catacombs and cemeteries, and sometimes used marble for statues. Church pulpits often had marble reliefs. Sculptures more related to religious figures were often made using precious metals, such as gold, silver and bronze. Because of the use of precious metals, invaders often destroyed them to extract the metals.

See Characteristics of Byzantine Sculpture by Chuck Robert for the complete article


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