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