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A guige to the early christian and byzantine antiquities (Путеводитель по ранним христианским и византийским древностям)
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Concerned the treatment of ornament. In earlier Greek times this had been regarded as subsidiary it now began to A : independent and substantive existence; and spaces which the old Greeks would only have allotted to figure subjects were encroached upon by continuous and diffused The new ornament invaded sculpture, which in patterns. course of time gave it an ever readier welcome, adopting the oriental methods which bring out the design no longer by modelling in relief, but by light and shadow in a single plane, and create an impression like that produced by patterned claim textiles (p.
As earlier into Syrian art, from the north. They explain the probable Persian descent of the wall-decoration by brilliant colour in various materials which lent the interiors of early Christian churches so much splendour. In construction Persia may have played a great part in the development of Christian architecture through that of Armenia. It will be pointed out below that from the toleration of Christianity under Constantine the Church demanded a historical and dogmatic art, and that in the fifth century the increasing power of Church and State, and their mutual understanding, subjected art to a new ecclesiastical and imperial control (p.
The Syrian-Greek alliance in the representation of the fifth century was an event of high importance for Christian sacred art, which it was destined to influence both in East and West for centuries, and in the East alone down to modern times. The above account of the chief influences contributing to the development of Christian art may now be followed by an practical qualities ; a period of rapid change. ; ; outline history of Christian art within the limits suggested in the opening paragraphs.