Byzantium in the Czech Lands (4th–16th centuries)

Historical and Art Historical Perspectives


This book offers the first comprehensive study of Byzantine influence on the art and iconography of East Central Europe. Petr Balcárek focuses on the Byzantine cultural and religious legacy in the Czech lands, thereby bringing to light rarely seen images and presenting fresh hypotheses based on newly-explored theological interpretations and historical evidence.

Including a discussion of the Czech and Slovak historiography on Byzantine studies, the work analyses significant artistic and iconographical artefacts in light of the intricate historical and political relationships that shaped Byzantine presence in these territories, comparing them with similar objects from other areas of Byzantine influence in order to draw wide-reaching conclusions.

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Petr Balcárek, Ph.D. (2008), Palacký University, is Director of the Institute for Byzantine and Eastern Christian Studies. His main research interest focuses on Eastern-Christian theology, art, and architecture. He has published a considerable number of articles in periodicals such as Studia Patristica, Byzantinoslavica, Byzantinoslovaca, Palaeobulgarica, Eirene, Ars, Historica, IJOT, and others. Together with Vladimír Vavřínek, he is co-author of Encyklopedie Byzance (Encyclopaedia of Byzantium). Mluva obrazů (The Language of Images), published together with Rudolf Chadraba, includes his extensive study “Pelikán jako obraz a symbol” (The Pelican as Image and Symbol).
This book will be of interest to academic and public libraries and all those interested in Byzantine provincial archaeology, the arts of East-Central Europe, especially the Czech lands and Slovakia.
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