Stavronkitita Gospels

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Christian illustrators took the idea of the artist portrait and applied it to the religious imagery, e.g. Stauronikita Gospels (10th C).

Scenae Frons in the background. Roman model within iconography and stylistic views.

Sarcophagus (c.270) (early Christian) showing a figure (the deceased) in the act of reading, rendered in the same guise as the Evangelist (John) in Stauronikita Gospels. The deceased is revealed as a scholar, and philosopher, and yet Christian figure. Roman image of a philosopher melded into a Christian form. They are on par with ancient philosophers.

Middle Byzantine:

Mt Athos, Stavronikita Monastery – an extremely classical style. Looking back and copying models which the probably owned. The desire to forge a connection between the Middle Byzantine period represents and unbroken chain of tradition.

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