Other Icons: Art and Power in Byzantine Secular Culture by Eunice Dauterman Maguire & Henry Maguire

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Other Icons: Art and Power in Byzantine Secular Culture by Eunice Dauterman Maguire & Henry Maguire

8vo. pp. xxii, 201. b/w & colour illustrations. bibliography. index. hardcover. dw. (fine condition). Princeton: Princeton University Press, [2007].

ISBN-10: 0691125643 / ISBN-13: 9780691125640

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A winged centaur with the spotted body of a leopard playing a lute; a naked man with an animal head; a goat-footed Pan; a four-bodied lion; sphinxes, and hippocamps. Few would associate these forms of art with the Byzantine era, a period dominated by religious art. However, an art of strikingly secular expression was not only common to Byzantine culture, but also key to defining it.