John Lowden provides an authoritative account of early Christian and Byzantine art from the third century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
From the grandest public buildings to the smallest personal items, it was and is an art of extraordinary directness, but also of mystery and transcendence. John Lowden explains how and why early Christian and Byzantine art was made and used and situates it within the controversies of its time.
About the Author
John Lowden is Professor of History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is an international authority on medieval and Byzantine manuscripts.
Phaidon really took the bit between its teeth with this vast series. All the classic areas, movements and individuals are covered in a series of some 130 titles. Early Christian and Byzantine Art by John Lowden, as are the other series titles, is a comprehensive overview of its subject. Attractively designed and well- written, it provides an introduction to 1000 years of art. (Kirkus UK)