An adjective meaning, "characteristic of the Byzantine empire." The Byzantine Empire was the successor to the Roman Empire. Its capital was Constantinople, and it lasted roughly from the fall of Rome in the fifth century AD to the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth century AD. The adjective can be used in reference to works of art, architecture, history and other aspects of culture. Abbreviation for the Latin word circa, meaning "around," "about," or "approximately." Often used with dates to indicate that there is some uncertainty about the exactness of the figure given. For example, if we say that someone was born c. 85 BC, we mean that s/he was probably born sometime around 85 BC.
A style of the Byzantine Empire and its provinces, c. 330-1450. Appearing mostly in religious mosaics, manuscript illuminations, and panel paintings, it is characterized by rigid, monumental, stylized forms with gold backgrounds.
A religious style of art developed in the eastern part of the late Roman Empire. Colorful and ornate, Byzantine art is characterized by its use of mosaic and by its flat, graphic style. Before the aesthetic and scientific advances of the Italian Renaissance, Byzantine paintings have shallow perspective and rely heavily on symbols and iconography to convey a story or meaning.
the art and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire from about AD 330 to 1450. The style itself is mostly religious. Pieces are characterized by a strong use of colors and figures. The figures seem to be flat with prominent eyes and backgrounds that are golden in tone. Most works of the period tend to be clear and simple, probably for an effective presentation of the intended religious lesson.
In relation to art, it denotes work produced in, relating to, or influenced by the work produced in the Byzantine Empire of the east Mediterranean, centred around what is today the city of Istanbul in Turkey. The Byzantine Empire became the Ottoman Empire in 1453 when its capital city, Constantinople, fell to the Turks. Byzantine paintings and mosaics are characterised by 2-dimensional, stylised images dominated by religious themes.
relating to the Byzantine Empire; relating to the style of architecture developed in the Byzantine Empire, characterized by massive domes with square bases, rounded arches, spires and minarets, and the extensive use of mosaics
a term that reflects a shift in the Biblical Lands from dominance by the Roman Empire to influences from Constantinople and the East. Officially begins the period when the term "Holy Land" began to be used; 333 CE to 640 CE
This description applies to art and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire from 330, when Constantine the Great chose the ancient Greek city Byzantium (renamed Constantinople) to be his capital, to 1453, when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks. Intricate and expressive Byzantine art drew from the culturally diverse empire and took many forms, but most notably Byzantine mosaics. Return to Theme
Medieval Christian civilization that combined European and Asian cultures on an ancient Greco-Roman foundation. Centered at Byzantium (known as Constantinople 330-1930, and later called Istanbul), the Byzantine Empire occupied western Turkey and the Balkans and, as the center of Orthodox Christianity, exerted strong influence on many of the Slavic peoples of Eastern Europe.
A style dating from the fifth century, characterized by masonry construction around a central plan, with domes on penditives, typically depicting the figure of Christ; foliage patterns on stone capitals; and interiors decorated with mosaics and frescos.
highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"