Divergent Examples of Christian Art
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The paper relates that in Ravenna, Emperor Justinian celebrated his victory over the Ostrogoths in a mosaic "Emperor J and his Retinue" in the Byzantine style that makes plain the supremacy of the Christian Church and his rule. The paper examines how a thousand years later, Masaccio's "The Tribute Money" shows an entirely different, sculptural and lifelike style in a fresco typical of much 15th century art no longer beholden to a now RC Church that was secure in Florence in particular.
From the Paper:"The exercise of discussing two works of art produced in what is now Italy, a millennium apart, is helpful to an understanding of the development of Christian art, divergence from the Byzantine to Italian style, but with significant carryovers. The mosaic, Justinian & His Retinue (c 540 AD) and Masaccio's The Tribute Money (1426-1427) both present marvels in the depiction of light that has often been typical of Christian art, including strong references to Christ's assertion, I am the Light of the World."
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