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Byzantine Iconoclasm and Iconodules: History of Christianity

By |2018-05-17T00:21:35+00:00August 22nd, 2017|Medieval, Religion|

Icon of St. Nicholas (Russia) Byzantine iconoclasm By the early 700s AD, the Roman Empire had seen four hundred years of religious arguments about what or who Jesus Christ was. The Arians believed that Christ was all god. The Catholics believed that Christ was entirely and inseparably both god and man. (More about Arianism) And people had fought over every [...]

Medieval Russian art

By |2018-04-10T22:49:24+00:00August 1st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Russian Icon of Saint Nicolas, 13th - early 14th century, tempera on wood. Our knowledge of Russian art begins with the Scythians and other Central Asian art. But what most people think of as Russian art begins when the Russians convert to Christianity around 400 AD. At this time Russian artists begin painting in a more Roman style (that is, the [...]

Byzantine art history: Iconoclasm

By |2018-04-10T22:49:22+00:00July 31st, 2017|Art, Medieval|

Artemis, carved in ivory in Constantinople (now in the Cluny museum, Paris) The art of Rome continued in an unbroken tradition from the days of the Republic down to the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire in 1453 AD, for more than a thousand years after the fall of the western part of the Roman Empire in the early 400s AD. But we [...]

Painting an icon – Middle Ages project

By |2018-04-18T23:33:45+00:00June 11th, 2017|Art, Crafts, Medieval|

Byzantine icon of St. Catherine(1300s AD) In the Middle Ages, many people believed that a painting or statue of the Christian God, or Jesus, or Mary, or one of the saints, could really serve as a sort of mailbox so God or a saint would hear your prayer and help you get better from being [...]