Byzantine Credulity as an Impediment to Antiquarianism

  title={Byzantine Credulity as an Impediment to Antiquarianism},
  author={Robert Grigg},
  pages={3 - 9}
  • R. Grigg
  • Published 1 January 1987
  • History
  • Gesta
Byzantine descriptions of their own art have puzzled art historians. Not only have Byzantine writers described it as realistic, they also appear to have been oblivious to the distinction in style between Byzantine and ancient art. Two explanations of these puzzling features of Byzantine descriptions have been offered. One appeals to the presumed influence of ancient descriptions (ekphraseis) of art. The other appeals to the Byzantine observer's limited acquaintance with the realism of ancient… 

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