Byzantine Aesthetics - Gervase MathewLondon: John Murray, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper on which the laminate is rippled and lifting in places. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Previous owners' name to the half title page. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Top edge dyed Red; Colour frontispiece; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “The essential spirit that inspired Byzantine art is here traced from its origins in the transition in classical ideals during the third century A. D. down to the fertile tensions that accompanied the break-up of the East Roman empire in the fifteenth century. Apart from discussing their works and their technical mastery — whether in mosaics, gems or architecture; in geometry or in experiments in perspective — Gervase Mathew reveals the Byzantines as deeply concerned with art and with the theories that for them underlay it. There is much food for thought in his descriptions: of the expanding Byzantine civil service with its hieratical positions of office and art patronage: of the reasons for the anonymity of their artists: of their theories of light, space, colour and portraiture which led to an art the very reverse of photography, lit with the Ideas at its centre and live with symbolic values.”