Heaven and Earth

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Heaven and Earth

Exhibit at the National Gallery of Art

From Oct. 6, 2013 through March 2, 2014 the National Gallery of Art will feature the exhibit “Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections.” The exhibit, which is located on the main floor of the West Building, is a succinct course in the history of Byzantium and its treasured art forms, primarily mosaics, icons, jewelry, and the illuminated word. Most of the works of art come from Greek museums and are exhibited for the first time on this shore. This also marks the first exhibit of Byzantine art at the National Gallery.

This fascinating period of history nestled between the Classical and Medieval periods was where Christianity was given its sanction by the emperor Constantine and grew exponentially throughout the known world. The period is rich in many colorful characters, both sacred and profane, and resplendent in its art and architecture. Byzantium was centered in the city named after Constantine – Constantinople (now Istanbul) – but its reach went far beyond.

Do yourself a favor and pay the museum a visit to take in this unique and beautiful exhibit.

But also remember to visit the DC Public Library at one of its many locations throughout the city, where you will find all you need to learn more about the art and history of Byzantium. And don’t forget to explore the online resources available from our homepage such as Oxford Art Online, Oxford Music Online, Art Full Text, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Just remember, you will need your library card to access these when not at the library.

-- S. McDermott