Collection: Byzantine Art

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Become immersed in a bygone era of Byzantine Art with a two-hour virtual art tour. As the Roman Empire became Christianized, a new type of art began to displace Classical Greco-Roman Art. You will begin by learning about how this provincial style from Eastern provinces began and eventually took over all other art forms in the new Christian Roman Empire. The Classical Art form was dying out. But you will see it was only in the background waiting to be reborn as a reformed eclectic style which eventually helped to rebirth art in the High Middle Ages.

You will see third-century murals from Dura Europus, mosaics, and murals of late Byzantine Churches from Constantinople and Mystras, artworks from the churches of Hagia Sophia and Saint Vitale in Ravenna. There will also be a focus on sculptural and relief work that show elements of Classicism from the pagan Roman Empire with developments in Christian style. You will see examples of the fusion of Christian Art and Roman imperial ideology by viewing mosaics from Ravenna, Sinai, and Thessaloniki. We will delve into the explanation of how iconoclasm interrupted Byzantine art forms with the Arabic and Slavic invasions in the 7th and 8th centuries. Heading into the ninth century, you will see murals, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, and paintings from this period. You will end your tour with an explanation of how the sacking of Constantinople in 1204 by the Crusaders created both an ending and a prelude for the Renaissance and Mannerism periods.

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Based on 4 reviews
Lindsey Zellman
Fun session - the time flew by

The Van Gogh presentation covered the progression of his career, from his early works until the very end. This approach, along with the background info about his personal life, made it easier to understand how his style evolved. The presenter seemed very passionate about the subject matter and empathetic toward the artist’s struggles. Totally worth the time and money. I look forward to taking more virtual tours.

Thank you for your insightful review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your art tour.

Interesting and well organized

It was a good representation of the period being discussed, but I was disappointed at the scope because it was so much shorter than the impressionist program that I watched recently

Hi Barbara,

Thank you for the review. Yes, the Modern Art Tour is a short one hour long instead of the two-hours that you will have with the other programs.

Barbara Cooper
Excellent presentation

The presentation was excellent. The presenter was very knowledgeable and clear and her visuals were very good and appropriate. I expected a much shorter session and was surprised when it lasted 2 hours. That was a pleasant surprise and well worth the time not to mention being worth the money. I look forward to seeing more of these programs in the future.

Thank you for the review.

Very informative presentation on VanGogh

It was interesting to see so many pictures we had not seen before. The evolution of his style was really an education and Rebecca's passion and knowledge was delightful. I had been somewhat familiar with VanGogh and his work but not nearly in the depth Rebecca presented. We were extremely fortunate to have a trip to Paris where we saw the bedroom painting. I had seen it in photos and thought it was an example of his work and that was about it, but seeing it in person was a whole different experience. The vitality and colours and brush strokes took my breath away. I just had to know more about Vincent's work and life and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of Rebecca's presentation.

Thank you for your review.

  • Ghisèle “Gigi”

    "I did the tour of the French Impressionists with Sarah. I was quite impressed by her knowledge, her sense of humor and her willingness to pronounce the French words properly. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour."

  • Jean Cooksey

    "What a wonderful opportunity to learn about art either in person or online. Thanks to guide Stephen for his enthusiasm and ability to explain modern art. Looking forward to attending in the future!"

  • Elizabeth Marshall

    "I really enjoyed Rebecca's presentation on Dutch Masters. She has expertise in multiple areas including history. I appreciated that she placed the art in the context of events of their time. Highly recommend!!"

Why Our Virtual Tours Are Excellent


We take pride in creating experiences that deliver high resolution photographs of artwork that is exacting in colors, hues, and saturations. We only accept images that match the original artwork that you will find hanging on the wall in the museum. By researching the history, art history, and cultural facts our guides weave stories that will both captivate and enhance the artwork.