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Title: The Art Of Byzantium, Text And Notes.
Publisher: Abrams 
Publication Date: 1959
Book Condition: Very Good
Book Description NY. 1959. Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1959. large blue hardbound folio ~ 2º. very large & heavy ("coffee table" size book), international or priority shipping will cost extra. dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. vg cond. binding square & tight. covers clean. bottom edges of covers and text block have numerous tiny scratches for about 2"near the front corners. other edges clean. contents free of all markings. rear flyleaf is pasted down. dustwrapper in good cond., missing 3" piece along rear top, smudging & rubbing on rear, chipping along edges, wrinkling. not price clipped (no price listed.) no library markings, store stamps, stickers, bookplates, no names, inking , underlining, remainder markings etc ~ first edition. first printing ( nap). ~ Please Note: book is larger than scanner so the photos are a bit cropped. 348p. key to sources. notes on the plates. index. 44 glossy full Colour Plates. 196 glossy Monochrome (b&w) Plates. Note: the 44 full colour plates are all tipped in. they are all attached & present. world history. art history.archaeology. ancient history. medieval history. religion. history of orthodox christianity. eastern roman empire. byzantine empire. history of constaninople. ~ Something of the Hellenic Spirit was reborn in the Eastern Roman Empire ~ later known as Byzantium ~ while the Western Empire crumbled under the blows of barbarian invaders. For a thousand years thereafter its great capital, Constantinople, remained the center of a brilliant, sophisticated society, and an art of magnificence and power. We have come to know Byzantine art chiefly in examples remote from the capital; until a short time ago, for example, the glowing gold~and~colored~glass mosaics of Santa Sophia were obscured by whitewash. This book now spreads before the reader the Byzantine art of Constantinople itself in its incomparable elegance and perfection, including the fascinating buildings, mosaics, murals, and sculptures, as well as smaller treasures that cannot be moved because of their fragility or sacredness. In the introduction the author, a distinguished authority, traces the development of Byzantine art with the penetration and sensitivity born of a lifetime of scholarship. In addition, he discusses at some length each of the illustrated objects and buildings. The photographs ~ many reproduced in full color ~ were made by Max Hirmer, who is noted for his ability to bring out the qualities present in works of art. These two great authorities, between them, have created an impressive and notable contribution to art literature. Seller Inventory # 5131406