With the luxury of their materials, technical precision, beauty, and aesthetic
grandeur, Byzantine mosaics, particularly the wall mosaics, constitute the most
impressive manifestation of Byzantine monumental painting.
Highly expensive and laborious works of art, they were commissioned and dedicated
by emperors, dignitaries, state officials and members of the Church hierarchy,
in order to enhance the dwellings of Divinity, important churches and monasteries;
and at the same time to manifest the power, glory and legendary wealth of His
A brilliant selection of mosaics from twenty-five famous monuments are presented
in the volume "Byzantine Mosaics" by Nano Chatzidakis, Professor of
Byzantine Art and Archaeology at the University of Ioannina. In historical and
stylistic terms, they cover the development of mosaic art from the 5th to the
14th century, which is described and analysed efficiently by the author in the
first part of the volume.
The unique pictorial character and special artistic importance of each individual
mosaic ensemble presented in this volume is superbly illustrated and emerges
strikingly through a full discussion of the stylistic and aesthetic physiognomy
of the mosaics it comprises, and a brief reference to the monument it adorns.
Professor at the University of Ioannina
208 colour illustrations.