LATE ROMAN / BYZANTINE ART

Early Christian Art

Catacombs of the Via Latina, Rome (300s AD)
(view from a cubiculum, north room:  Alcestis before Hercles and Cerberus)

Wall painting in the Catacomb of Priscilla, outside of Rome
Benedettine di Priscilla

Painting of Jesus in a Roman catacomb - 300s

Church of Santa Constanza, Rome (300s)
(mausoleum of Helen and Constantia, daughters of Constantine)

Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus (c. AD 389) marble
Rome, Grotte Vaticane

The Roman Emperor Constantine - the first imperial patron of the Christian religion (early 300s)

Early Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Art

Icon of the Virgin and Child with Saint Theodore and Saint George (500s) encaustic on panel
Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, Egypt

Christ the Saviour (Pantocrator) (500s) encaustic on panel
Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, Egypt
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Christ and Saint Menas. A 6th-century (500s) Coptic icon from Bawit, Egypt
Paris, Musée du Louvre
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Saint Peter (500s) encaustic on panel
Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, Egypt
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The Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy
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The apse of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy
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The Emperor Justinian and his court (mid 500s) mosaic
Church of San Vitale, Ravenna

Empress Theodora and her court detail (mid 500s) mosaic
Church of San Vitale, Ravenna

Sant' Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna

Interior of Sant' Apollinare in Classe

Chair of Bishop Maximien, Constantinople (mid-500s) ivory
Ravenna, Museo Arcivescovile

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (late 500s)

Hagia Sophia - interior
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Later Byzantine Art

David and His Flock Psalter of Paris (900s) paint on parchment
from Constantinople
Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France

Nativity Monastery of Hosios Loukas, Greece (1000s) mosaic

Detail of the Pala d'Oro (the archangel Michael) (early 1100s) gold, enamel and gemstones
Venice, Basilica of Saint Mark

The Ladder of Divine Ascent, showing monks ascending to Jesus in Heaven, top right
Saint Catherine's Monastery - Mount Sinai, Egypt

Christ Praying at Gethsemane Basilica of Saint Mark, Venice (1215-1220) mosaic

Christ Pantocrator (c. 1180-1194) mosaic
Apse of the cathedral of Monreale, Sicily

Icon of the Virgin ("Theotokos") of Saint Vladimir (1100s - 1200s) tempera on panel
Moscow, Tretiakov Gallery

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Miles H. Hodges - 2014