Thursday, February 2, 2017

Greek museums will offer 18 exhibits for the exhibition “Masterpieces of Byzantium” – RIA Novosti

MOSCOW, Feb 2 – RIA Novosti. About 18 items from the Byzantine and post-Byzantine art from Greek museums will be presented at the exhibition in the Tretyakov gallery “Masterpieces of the Byzantine Empire”, which opens February 8, reports the press service of the Museum.

“the Exhibited monuments date from the end of X — beginning of XVI century and give an overview of the various periods of Byzantine art and various art centers. The exhibition allows us to evaluate the perfection of the works of the masters, and also to understand the way the spiritual world in the middle Ages, revealing the nuances in a sophisticated color icons, in luxury the miniatures of manuscripts, which the artists of the Byzantine Empire sought to recreate the beauty of the mountain world”, — stated in the message.

the article notes that the exhibits give the opportunity to present the history of the Byzantine culture and to trace the mutual influence of the traditions of the Eastern and Western Christian art. The earliest monument in the exhibition — a silver processional cross of the X century with engraved images of Christ, our lady and the saints. One of the most striking exhibits — the relief image of the great Martyr George with scenes of the lives. It exemplifies the interaction of Byzantine and Western European artists, spearheaded the phenomenon of the workshops of the crusaders of the thirteenth century.

“the Visible testimony to the last flowering of Byzantine culture in the fourteenth century is remarkable the bilateral image of the “virgin Hodegetria, with the twelve great feasts. The prepared throne” of the fourteenth century. This icon is a contemporary works of Theophanes the Greek. Both masters use the same artistic techniques; in particular, fine lines penetrating the faces of the virgin and child, symbolizing the energy of the divine light”, — underlined in the message.

the Press service said that postbyzantine period the exhibition presents three icons of the Greek masters, who had gone to Crete after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. These works allow us to trace the synthesis of the creativity of European art and traditional Byzantine Canon.


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