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A Lost Art Rediscovered: The Architectural Ceramics of Byzantium

Edited by Sharon E. J. Gerstel and Julie A. Lauffenburger

During the 10th and 11th centuries, luxurious Byzantine buildings were enriched by colorful tiles decorated with an impressive range of figural and ornamental designs. Despite their widespread use, traces of this important decorative medium have for the most part disappeared. This publication includes a fully illustrated catalogue of all known tiles produced in the region of Constantinople, including the substantial collection owned by the Walters Art Museum, as well as those belonging to museums and private collections throughout the world. Some tiles included in the collection are now lost; the discovery of others is reported here for the first time. A series of scholarly essays give the ceramics their rightful place in the study of Byzantine art and treats aspects of patronage, manufacture, function, ornament, and cultural significance.

318 pages
11”h x 8.5”w