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Byzantine/Romanesque Costume History

Byzantine/Romanesque - Early Middle Ages - c 300-1300 - Cedarville University, Costume History Course Board, Fall 2012
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Poulaine or "Pully-shoes" talked about on page 133 in Fashionable dress of men in the 12th century.


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Icon with the Virgin and Child, carved mid-10th–11th century Byzantine; Probably made in Constantinople Ivory This statue follows a very widespread Byzantine image type called the Virgin Hodegetria ("she who guides"), in which the Virgin holds the Christ Child on her left arm. Christ appears in a chiton and himation, while holding a rotulus, attributes of a classical philosopher that were adopted from Hellenistic art.


Icon with the Virgin and Child [Byzantine; Probably made in Constantinople] (17.190.103)| Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Square-Headed Brooch, 6th century Anglo-Saxon Copper alloy with gilding and niello inlay. This large gilded brooch, which would have been used to secure a cloak, displays the Anglo-Saxon preference for lavish decoration with a particular emphasis on fantastic animal forms. Dark strips of niello inlay frame its richly faceted surface, which is further animated by beast heads, many with bird beaks, projecting from the edges.


Square-Headed Brooch [Anglo-Saxon] (1985.209)| Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Byzantine Period. Empress, elaborate jeweled garment. wearing a Pallium/lorum ("heavily jeweled scarf... official insignia of the emperor.") Notice the hair isn't covered -- yet.


Eirene Doukaina, Byzantine empress, A.D. 1067-1133 -

Reliquary of the True Cross (Staurotheke), late 8th–early 9th century Byzantine; Made in Constantinople Cloisonné enamel, silver, silver-gilt, gold, niello


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"One of the most admired Byzantine paintings, the late 13th century Virgin and Child known as the Kahn Madonna (National Gallery of Art, Washington). The work is said to reflect the Italian influence being felt in the Byzantine world at this time."


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Three Holy Women at the Sepulcher, early 10th century Northern Italy (Milan?) Elephant ivory This ivory plaque representing the Easter miracle of Christ's resurrection from the dead probably once served as part of a decorative cover for a liturgical manuscript.


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Found this fascinating! =D (Former pin description): "Palatine Chapel was the royal chapel of the Norman kings of Sicily. It combines a variety os styles: Norman architecture, Arabic arches, Byzantine mosaics. It's exceptional!"


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The Baptism of Clovis, painted around 1500 by Master of Saint Giles. Clovis (d. 511) was the founder of the Merovingian dynasty and the first Christian king of France. The setting for his baptism can be recognized as Sainte-Chapelle, the royal chapel on the Ile-de-la-Cité in Paris. Among the witnesses is his wife, Clothilde, who was largely responsible for his conversion.


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Emily Dykeman

Found the picture from our book's chapter!! ... Wish I could find the direct source. "Early middle ages"/Byzantine Empire. I would say high West-influence. Yet take a look at the hight of their tunics... & their decorated leggings (stockings). ;D (Makes me think this is from the earlier Byzantine centuries rather than later).


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