Enamels, Crowns, Relics and Icons: Studies on Luxury Arts in Byzantium, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Enamels, Crowns, Relics and Icons

Studies on Luxury Arts in Byzantium, 1st Edition

By Paul Hetherington


328 pages

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This volume gathers together 17 articles published over the last 30 years, together with one appearing here for the first time. Their focus is primarily on enamel, the brilliant and colourful art form for which the Byzantines were famous throughout the medieval world, but sculpture and glyptics also figure. The author examines not only works which have retained the form in which they were first created, but others which have had their original Byzantine elements re-used, often by artists in the West. While most of the works featured here have been known to scholars before, one was unknown prior to its first publication in 2006.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Byzantine cloisonné enamel: production, survival and loss; Enamels in the Byzantine world: ownership and distribution; The jewels from the crown: symbol and substance in the later Byzantine imperial regalia; La couronne grecque de la sainte couronne de Hongrie: le contexte de ses émaux et de ses bijoux; Byzantine and Russian enamels in the treasury of Hagia Sophia in the late 14th century; Byzantine enamels on a Venetian book cover; A purchase of Byzantine relics and reliquaries in 14th-century Venice; Vecchi, e non antichi: differing responses to Byzantine culture in 15th-century Tuscany; Studying the Byzantine staurothèque at Esztergom; Byzantine enamels for a Russian prince: the book-cover of the Gospels of Mstislav; The enamels on a mitre from Linköping cathedral, and art in 13th-century Constantinople; Who is this king of glory? The Byzantine enamels of an icon frame and revetment in Jerusalem; The gold and enamel triptych of Constantine proedros; The frame of the Sacro Volto icon in S. Bartolomeo degli Armeni in Genoa: the reliefs and the artist; The Byzantine enamels on the staurothèque from the treasury of the Prieuré d'Oignies, now at Namur, (with excursus:pearls and their assiciation with Byzantine enamels); The Cross of ZáviÅ¡ and its Byzantine enamels: a contribution to its history; Byzantine steatites in the possession of the Knights of Rhodes; A well-head in Iznik: an example of Laskarid taste?; Addenda; Index.

About the Author

Paul Hetherington is an independent scholar, specialising in the study of Byzantine art.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Michael.Greenwood@informa.com

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / Medieval
HISTORY / General