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L'Orfèvre Et L'Architecte: Autour D'Un Groupe D'Édifices Constantinopolitains Du Vie Siècle

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This chapter briefs about the architecture of a group of buildings during sixth century of Constantinople. In the first half of the sixth century in Constantinople, a small group of buildings, built around St. Polyeucte churches, St. Euphemia Hippodrome and Saint-Jean-Baptiste of Hebdomon, has an architectural decoration. The study of these designs already helped propose specific reconciliations of contemporary silversmith works. The skill of Constantinople goldsmiths, coupled with the practice of imperial largesse, contributed to widely disseminate models of the capital.  The splendor of St. Polyeucte and the innovative character of its architectural decor are subjects that, until then, were mainly addressed from the perspective of their oriental influences. Constantinople goldsmiths are therefore needed as the relay transmission of taste and splendor of the imperial court throughout the empire and beyond its borders. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: architectural décor; Constantinople; St. Poleaxe's churches; Saint-Jean-Baptiste of Hebdomon 



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