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À Propos Des Influences Byzantines Sur L'Art Du Moyen Âge Occidental

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This chapter explores the Byzantine influences on the art of Western middle ages. The idea that Byzantine art was a must for access to ancient models Demus led to neglect completely the impact of these models on the Provençal sculpture sculptors before the second half of the twelfth century. But some of the more radical forms of imitation of ancient date from the previous century, be it the Corinthian capital, as at Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, or reliefs inspired by the sarcophagi, as in Jaca. The nature and limits of the Byzantine contribution in the next period cannot be assessed without mentioning the revival of sculpture which led to a complete reorganization of the art system. Expressive skills of Byzantine art, limited essentially to the grimace of pain, whereas the Gothic sculpture starts to prefer, smile, is certainly the most foreign of all this art. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Byzantine influences; Demus; Gothic sculpture



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