Presentation on theme: "The Middle Ages: 3 Major Shifts Three major shifts occurred that had far reaching effects on Western civilization: Cultural leadership moved north from."— Presentation transcript:
The Middle Ages: 3 Major Shifts Three major shifts occurred that had far reaching effects on Western civilization: Cultural leadership moved north from the Mediterranean to France, Germany and the British Isles.
The Middle Ages: 3 major shifts Christianity triumphed over paganism and barbarism Emphasis shifted from the here-and-now to the hereafter (heaven). The body began to be viewed as corrupt rather than beautiful.
Byzantine Art Byzantine refers to eastern Mediterranean art from A.D. 330 when Constantine transferred the seat of the Roman empire from Rome to Constantinople (also called Byzantium)
Byzantine Art Constantinople became the center of civilization for early Christian art combined with Greek ornamental style which was rich in color and decoration
Byzantine Art: Mosaics Characterized by sumptuous grandeur, halos spotlighting sacred figures and shimmering gold backgrounds.
Byzantine Art: Mosaics Flat, stiff human figures were symmetrically placed, seeming to float as if hung from pegs. Tall, slim with almond shaped faces, huge eyes and solemn expressions gazed straight ahead without the least hint of movement
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