Byzantine Art - Emma.

Byzantine art is art that is based loosely on Roman art and influenced heavily by Ancient Greek art. The capital of Byzantinian art was Constantinople (currently Istanbul,Turkey) where most of the work was created and kept. It began with sculptures of unknown people lining the streets but later moved to more religious content. This was also the first time that art had the element of 'abstract' which favoured a more symbolic idea as opposed to the literal and direct ideas that were shown in 'classical art'. A notable characteristic of Byzinetin art is that the figures depicted are all flat and of little detail. At one point, one of the emperors decided that although there was already Muslim art covering the walls of the Hagia Sophia ( a large church), he wanted to replace it with the new art form. All of the Muslim art was covered up with what are now some of the most recognizable mosaics in the world.

Byzantine Mosaic
Byzantine Mosaic

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia