This small volume aims at giving a general outline of Byzantine art, of all that it stood for, of all that it led to, and of what it was derived from. It is intended for the general reader and the student, and it makes no attempt to supplant the various manuals which have appeared in English or in other languages. Detailed references have hence in most cases been omitted; the student who needs them must turn to the larger works mentioned in the bibliography at the end of the book, or in the special bibliographies at the end of each chapter. An attempt has, however, been made to include here the results of all the more important recent research, and notes and references to objects, monographs, or articles that have appeared since the publication of Dalton East Christian Art or the second edition of Diehl Manuel de l'Art byzantin have been included. In some cases these recent discoveries or publications may perhaps be of less importance than older ones, which receive no mention in text or footnotes. They have been included in order to provide an easy and ready access to the latest research. In choosing the illustrations a similar attempt has been made to use new or less familiar photographs, but a number of well-known reproductions have also been included on account of the very great bearing which they have on the history of the subject as a whole.
Some explanation of the author's attitude should perhaps be given, for this book deals with Byzantine art, and an attempt has been made throughout to treat it as art. The approach is that of the art-historian, not that of the archaeologist. And it is moreover that of an art-historian who is interested in the modern movement, of one who sees in Byzantine art something which links it, as far as its aims and methods are concerned, with the art of to-day. More than . . .