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'Pray not to fall into temptation and be on your guard': Antique Statues in Christian Constantinople
journal contributionposted on 2023-06-07, 19:29 authored by Liz JamesLiz James
This article discusses Byzantine attitudes to classical art as seen through Byzantine writings about statues. It takes issue with ideas about Byzantine "superstition," "credulity" and intentionalism in art, and the belief that the Byzantines found classical statues threatening and dangerous. Rather, it suggests that we should try to understand Byzantine texts in Byzantine terms (insofar as that might be possible). It argues that classical statues in Byzantium were, like Christian images, an essential source of power that could be employed to their own advantage by those with the knowledge of the correct procedures.
PublisherThe International Center of Medieval Art
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- Art History Publications
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