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.
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.
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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