Byzantium in c330 where it all began, a new theology unlike any earlier philosophy, an ancient imperial city with its power beyond our comprehension, the world where Byzantines raise their souls toward
heaven. The birth of the Christian world where its icon made famous. Constantine drew a line in the sand directing his men to the place where the city’s walls were visioned and built. The educated lived near the center of its palace or surrounded the home of its emperors. A borrowed essence of the past, a new world was taken then shaped into a new and exciting version of Christ’s government or rule. Christ incorporated into every aspect of life, including its art. Icons designed to represent the idea of a transfigured human man whose essence divine strikes miraculous as the only reality. A council formed and set to the task; developing a foundation of belief, whereby artists called iconographers, were commissioned to come up with a style of art that expressed this aim. The art ideas that came out of Byzantium set the tone for the art of the world. Everything that came out of Byzantium ideas copied and reproduced. The Byzantines church plain on the outside but inside revealed the beauty of the inner life. The life they looked forward to after death. They filled space with vast adornments, mosaic, wall murals, and governing hierarchy placed beside Christ with adorned halos and gold on the walls of their places of worship hoping to penetrate the mysteries of the Christian religion.
In the words of Fotus Kontoglu “Byzantine art the art of all art, art that nourishes the soul”.