Byzantine Art. Mural, paintings, mosaics, and paintings from manuscripts.

Byzantine, ornaments, Art, mural, paintings, mosaics, paintings, manuscripts
Byzantine Art. Mural, paintings, mosaics, and paintings from manuscripts.



IN describing the subjects in the accompanying plate we take them in chronological order, commencing with the earliest.

  • Nos. 1 to 5. Paintings in St. Sophia, dating from the sixth century, after Salzemberg. These paintings are almost exactly in the Greek style.
  • No. 6. Mosaic in the Church of St. George at Thessalonica, after C. Texier. (L’Arménie, la Perse et la Mésopotamie, 2 vols. folio, Firmin Didot.)
  • Nos. 7 to 16. Paintings, seventh and eighth centuries, at Constantinople, after Salzemberg.
  • No. 17. Enameled border.
  • Nos. 18 to 28. Marginal paintings, eighth and ninth centuries, consisting of ancient ornaments little altered. (Bibl. Nat., Reserve, MS. 139; Greek section.)
  • Nos. 29, 30. Paintings from a manuscript executed about A.D. 860 for the Emperor Basil the Macedonian. (Bibl. Nat., Reserve, No. 510; Greek section.)
  • Nos. 31, 32. Manuscript. (Bibl. Nat., Reserve, No. 64; Greek section.)
  • Nos. 33, 34. Mosaics; the first from Palermo, the second from Monreale, twelfth century.
  • Nos. 35 to 40. Details from the various manuscripts mentioned above.

Source: Polychromatic ornament by Auguste Racinet. London, H. Sotheran and Co., 1877.


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