A Look At The Artistry Of The Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine era is one of the most interesting periods in human history. A lot of stories about those centuries have made their way into legend and lore. Another popular aspect of the Byzantine Empire was its culture, with artistry inspired by religion. The art, though mainly traditional and controlled by the church, gives everyone an insight into how the world was run at the time.


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Art critics and historians note that Byzantine art is both religious and conventional, with paintings in fresco and illuminated manuscripts. They were also found on wood panels wherein mosaics were the most well-known medium. Sculptures at the time were rare, with a few carved ivories being the only exceptions.

However, as conventional as Byzantine art was, it was extremely popular for those who could afford it in Western Europe. The classical realist style became the main influence on medieval art, which in turn formed a huge part of the foundation of Italian Renaissance art.


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Art historians also noted the exceptional originality of Byzantine art having a minimal influence unto itself, with the Eastern Orthodox church being its main contributor. The influence of Byzantine art stretched far beyond Italy and extended all the way to Egypt, Arabia, and Russia.

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How To Authenticate Ancient Coins

Forgeries of ancient coins are believed to be as old as coinage itself. Thus, learning how to authenticate coins in one’s ancient coin collection is also a timeless skill, one that requires knowledge, experience/exposure, and research. Often a visual inspection will do, but sometimes more sophisticated tests are done in difficult cases.

A genuine coin, for starters, is made of the correct type and density of metal. While a silver dime is made of silver, a gold dollar is made of at least 14 karat gold. Coins that are produced completely of the right metal or alloy, too, will differ both in weight and density. Genuine coins have a standard mass measurable with a good quality balance, while each metal or alloy has a standard density measurable by simple tests.

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For more valuable coins, it is advisable to use a professional grading service. Companies such as the Professional Coin Grading Service offer these services. Dealers also usually offer grading services, although they also outsource the job to the kind of companies mentioned above.

Avoid ancient coin sources, too, that say they know nothing about ancient coins but are guided by a “knowledgeable” friend or have “found it recently in granny’s attic.” There could be sellers offering enticing coins such as Sicilian tetradrachms, of relatively high grade and wonderful listing details. They could also say, however, that while the coins were from a decades-old collection and are believed to be genuine, they are unable to guarantee the authenticity – and they offer no returns.

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If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Learn authentication as an exciting part of the process, where technology and free internet have made it so much easier and convenient.

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How To Tell If An Artwork Is Real Or Fake

Forgery, or the creation of rip-offs, is very prevalent in many facets of modern living: from clothes and shoes to high-fashion bags and even art. Paintings are some of the most replicated, and you don’t want to waste that precious money. Here are some tips to ensure that you don’t become the next fraud victim.

First is to study closely the back of paintings or, for sculptures, the bottom. Auction labels and/or auction stamps are often placed in the area. Forgers tend to take these areas for granted and just focus on making the front part look authentic.

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Provenance documentation is something you should insist on. This is very important, especially to avoid legal trouble if, say, the artwork turns out to be authentic but actually stolen. In line with this, make sure that the said provenance is exactly for the artwork you’re buying and not just borrowed from some other work. Of course, you’ve to look closely at the document and ensure that it isn’t fake.

It goes without saying that you should only buy from a dealer with a great track record. Buying online can be tempting and is definitely more convenient but being physically present in a reputable gallery is the best way to buy. Finally, requesting for forensic tests is now becoming the norm when buying artifacts and art, so ask for this from your dealer.

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Some famous archeological finds that were proven to be fake

It is not uncommon for curators of galleries receiving huge amounts of donated artifacts to find the occasional fake or fraudulent ones. However authentic-looking these antiquities or ancient art are, the keen-eyed gallery staff should be able to distinguish the rip-offs from the truly collectible. But history has seen quite a few bogus archeological “finds.” Here are some of the most popular and most documented.

Crystal Skulls

These famed skulls, thought be ancient artifacts from the Mayan or Aztec societies, were made popular worldwide in an Indiana Jones film. They indeed look both intriguing and fascinating. But Smithsonian anthropologist examining them using powerful microscopes found out in 2005 that the cuts into the crystal showed evidence of modern techniques: both the cuts and grooves were done with modern lapidary wheels, and the skulls themselves were polished using modern machinery. They were created by European craftsmen in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Kensington Runestone

A farmer in Kensington, Minnesota, claimed to have discovered stones near the town that showed strange runes. This was in 1898, and more than a century later, scholars who have studied the stone claim that the runes were carved by 14th-century Vikings. However, modern findings prove that the stone was in fact created in the 19th century, and do not match other runes from the medieval era.

The Donation of Constantine

This is a well-documented case of a forged document that has been replicated over and over since the 8th century. It states that Roman emperor Constantine I gave Pope Sylvester I and all his successors ultimate authority over lands controlled by the Roman Empire. This powerful document was excessively used by the said pope during the Middle ages to prove that he held authority over the rulers of Europe. Italian scholar Lorenzo Valla denounced the document in the 15th century.


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Art and business appreciation in coin collecting

Coin collecting is a hobby appealing to many. It requires intellect and desire to go deeper into knowledge of the coins, especially as concerns their origin, their previous owners, and other information. Coins transcend generations, and some sets become family heirlooms. Most coin collectors began with their hobby in their childhood; coins are timeless and their collections can only increase in value.


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For art’s sake, coins are collected for their wide history. Each coin has a story to tell; it tells who was in power while it was in circulation at a certain time period, who the rest of the political leaders were, and if they waged war or preserved the peace.

Collecting coins is a way to appreciate the advent of civilization and the beginning of innovation. A collector learns about the time’s economy, geography, and art from the coins. Ancient artisans crafted coins by hand and every coin gives a collector a chance to witness the brilliance of each coin maker.

Ancient coins are also a form of investment for collectors. For starters, these coins are expensive, and their value increases. While pride and ownership are the main motivations for being a coin collector, the industry of coin collecting is prized at $10 billion dollars in the U.S. alone. Investing in this industry isn’t a short term caprice as it takes years of experience and the process of collecting a set of coins takes years. However, doing so is also very rewarding.

Sometimes, however, hobbies take too much from their practitioners. Having the right motive and desire to pursue one’s interest eventually pays off, especially if it’s an interest in collecting ancient coins.


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Some Of The Most Valuable Ancient Artifacts The World Over

The market for ancient artifacts is relatively obscure area but steeped in connoisseurship and exclusivity. A lot of times, the obscurity invites controversy because theft and fraud are widespread international crimes committed in the name of a 6-billion-dollar black market.

Artifacts and ancient art have been passed down from one generation to the next, from owner to owner and country to country, so disputes and confusions are regular encounters for collectors, galleries, and dealers. Even with the proliferation of loot, fake items, ripoffs, and scandals in this niche market, great finds can easily go for satisfying figures. From Christie’s in London and Sotheby’s in New York, great artifacts are valuable historical and cultural signifiers. Here are some of them:

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Rosetta Stone

This chunk of dark stone from a larger stele was found in Rosetta, Egypt in 1799. It is probably one of the most famous and important antiquities around. It has since become the main reference for decrypting cultures and whatnot. The inscriptions on the slab include ancient Greek, hieroglyphic, and Demotic texts.

The Guennol Lioness

The famous sculpture features an anthropomorphic figure, a part-lioness, part-woman Elamite image that existed during the development of some of Western civilization’s earliest innovations like the wheel and cuneiform writing. Near East religions abound in anthropomorphic representations of gods and goddesses.

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Artemis and the stag

This bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess of hunting came from one of the excavation sites in Rome and was a celebrated example of ancient art, with its finely preserved details and the dynamic rendering of Artemis and the stag beside her. It was originally one of the most expensive sculptures ever sold at an auction, together with the Guennol Lioness.

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The Right Way To Preserve An Antique Collection

Having an antique collection is a worthwhile hobby especially for those who are interested in history and culture. To make sure ancient artifacts, ancient art, and ancient coins are well-maintained, collectors should take note of the right way to clean and preserve their items. Below are some of the steps:

Proper storage: The first step to preservation is to put items in a safe place. Collectibles should be placed in a sturdy and solid surface, away from where people move around. But for those who want to display their ancient artifacts, storing their precious items in a glass case is also a good choice.

Control temperature and moisture: Take the example of museums. Items exhibited are stored in cool and dry places to preserve the quality of the artifacts. Even for a personal collection, these items should be kept in cool and dry places to ensure their good condition. Humidity and heat make ancient pieces prone to damage.

Use correct cleaning methods: Some collectors leave their coins or ancient art as is, not wanting risk ruining their item. However, there are some that try to be very careful in removing dust and dirt from their precious collectible. Before deciding to clean and restore ancient items, one must ask an expert on how to properly do it as typical household cleaning materials can cause damage to an item that has been in existence for centuries.

Starting a collection of ancient artifacts is a great way to spend one’s time. Those who are looking for items to add to their growing assortment can seek the assistance of ancient artifacts experts.

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