The Abstract Era of Christianity -Tanner Looney

During the Byzantine era many artists chose to create sculptures and paintings in a very abstract manner. This art was used to convey a symbolic message about mostly Christian works of art. In this collection I will show the broad and abstract works of art during this era and how artists were somewhat lax in how they portrayed humans and symbolic religious texts and events.

As with most works of art within the Byzantine era you have a symbolic religious event being shown. Also within this era the artist shows us a somewhat abstract view of those attending this entombment. This piece also has what is characterized in this era as the gold circles above significant religious persons of the day.
With this work of art you have four figures presenting a child, who is Christ in a Temple. With the abstract nature of the era, you still have the gold circles around each of the figures heads. This work also has a simplified pastel color scheme that was present during this time frame.
After the previous works of art we see a theme of presenting christian stories from the Bible. You have a crowd gathering around the tomb of Lazarus with Jesus raising him. You can assume by the context of the era that it is a religious person being portrayed because of the golden circle encompassing his head.
Many works of art that were produced during the Byzantine era were produced for and within churches for adorning. This was one of those pieces and had similar subject matter: Jesus. You can tell exactly what era this is from because of the golden circles around those that are saints or important. Gold was also a major color used during this time frame because of the money being used for these commissioned works.
This piece of art is an odd work in that the artist portrays a significant saint and woman as religious. One has to assume that the person being breast fed is Christ because of the golden symbolic circle around his head. One also has to assume that this is Mary if you assume it is Christ. The artist has used many of the abstract characteristics to define the people in the artwork.
This mural depicts two saints that are battling a dragon and daily persecutions. Within the work of art you have the typical byzantine characteristics: golden circles, crowds surrounding a significant person or activity, and Jesus or one of his saints. You can see the humans portrayed in the work are less natural than usual.
Along with most pieces of art within this time frame this was created for a funeral procession. You have figures dotting the cross that have the typical byzantine circle around them as well. Gold is also a predominant color used within this work and the ornate aspect of the work is typical for this era also.
For this piece of art you have the Saints, a typical subject matter for the era, and Jesus as the center. The crowd that is typically surrounding the subject matter is the saints this time and are surrounded by the typical golden circle. This also features the abstract characters that is typical.
In this artwork you have a saint or Jesus as the subject matter. Different than most works you have only one or two characters present in this work. Pastel colors used throughout the work are typical as well. You have the same golden circle as all other works.
As a ornate piece of art was typical during this timeframe this looks as if it was a piece created for a church or some structure. You have Jesus as the typical subject matter with two important figures in the work as well. Golden circles encompass their heads just like other forms during the time.
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