No.51 Harbaville Triptych, 10th century, Constantinople (Istanbul). This is one of the most richly detailed ivories to come from a workshop in Constantinople. Just look at the detail of Christ’s throne as an example. It was made in the 10… Read More ›
501 Treasures of Byzantium
This project is really a celebration of many of the greatest treasures of Byzantium, which includes its art, icons, monuments and sites. The ranking of treasures is really arbitrary since the list is, of course, only my opinion. Nearly all of the greatest or most recognized Byzantine treasures will appear here, but I hope there will also be many wonderful surprises of, obscure valuable objects or works of art, that are not always talked about. If anything, this project will make for a valuable resource. Enjoy!
No.41: Troyes casket with emperors and hunters, 10th century, Catherdral of Troyes, France. This surprising treasure resides in the Cathedral of Troyes, in France. It is believed that it was brought from Constantinople to Troyes, by bishop Jean Langlois, after… Read More ›
No.31: St. Stephen’s Crown, circa 1070’s, Hungarian Parliament, Budapest, Hungary. Also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary, St. Stephen’s crown was the coronation crown of over fifty Hungarian kings. It is said that true legitimacy as king, hinged on… Read More ›
No.21: The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus, Constantinople (Istanbul), 13th century. The Palace of the Porphyrogenitus, also known by its Turkish name Tekfur Sarayi, was once an annex of the greater palace complex of Blachernae. It was constructed during the late… Read More ›
In my humble opinion, I believe that more than any other empire in history, both Rome and Byzantium are best understood through its art and monuments. Almost every piece of art, whether a monument, sculpture or mosaic can tell us… Read More ›
No.10: The city-fortress of Dara (Anastasiopolois), Mesopotamia, 6th century. The city-fortress of Dara, was built by Emperor Anastasius, at the conclusion of his wars with Persia in 506. Its intended function was to keep in check future Persian aggression along… Read More ›