Friday, 2 November 2012
This is an illustration from a 10th century AD Byzantine book.
Notice the use of classical art motifs. A shepherd. Goats Sheep. A rural setting.
I suspect the artist was modelling his style on Greek and Roman frescos.
The naturalism of Classical art didn't just appear overhead into the formal stylizations of Early Christian and Byzantine.
Don't disparage Byzantine culture cos its Christian Greek.
Hellenic culture from the Helladic up to modern times is a continuum or perhaps a river that changes shape and color as tributaries enter it during its journey?