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Nectar and Illusion: Nature in Byzantine Art and Literature

Henry Maguire


This book presents a study of the portrayal of nature in Byzantine art and literature. It shows how the Byzantines embraced terrestrial creation in the decoration of their churches during the fifth to seventh centuries, but then adopted a more cautious attitude toward the depiction of animals and plants in the middle ages, after the iconoclastic dispute of the eighth and ninth centuries. The book discusses the role of iconoclasm in affecting this fundamental change in Byzantine art. An important theme is the asymmetrical relationship between Byzantine art and literature with respect to the por ... More

Keywords: nature, iconoclasm, metaphor, Byzantine art, Byzantine literature, ekphrasis, medieval Byzantine art, Western Europe, marbles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199766604
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766604.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Maguire, author
Johns Hopkins University

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