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Byzantine Highlights by Medium

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Exploring Byzantine art by medium offers an opportunity to consider the skill of medieval artists. The techniques of carving sculpture, for instance, were inherited from Greco-Roman craft traditions and transformed by medieval artists who sought different aesthetic effects. Surviving goldwork, enamel, and precious stone carving reveal the virtuosity of Byzantine jewelers and goldsmiths. Byzantine artists were especially adept in carving ivory and bone, and surviving textiles in the collection attest to the technological and artistic prowess of medieval weavers.