Thursday, January 11, 2018

Orienti cristiani Art of the Christian East from the 4th century to the 15th century

Orienti cristiani

TANIA VELMANS, E. FOGLIADINI. Orienti cristiani ,  Jaca Book , 2017, 247 p. 
ISBN: 978-8816605121
The art of the Christian Orient has flourished, from the 4th century, on an area encompassing Georgia, Armenia, Cappadocia, Syria, Lebanon, Israel (former Palestine), Coptic Egypt, Nubia and Ethiopia.
These territories, in which Christianity develops, have benefited from a network of churches and monasteries (from the fifth to the fifteenth century) extraordinarily dense and precocious, of which nine tenths, if not more, have disappeared.
These buildings were decorated with frescoes and sculptures, enriched with icons and liturgical objects, and preserved exceptional illuminated manuscripts. The research carried out has allowed us to define the originality of these oriental iconographers, their coherence, their relationship with the doctrines and religious beliefs of the interested peoples.
The study shows how these regions, which were part of the Byzantine area of ​​influence, constituted a separate entity in terms of art and iconography, mainly conditioned by the Egypt of the Pharaohs and Persia. This capital work is also necessary to understand the consequences of current destructions. It deals with the disappearance, after the West and Byzantium, of the third artistic tradition of the Christian world.