After looking at a lot of Orthodox iconography, both Eastern and Western (and Coptic and Ethiopian), I was wondering if there is any guide to the various styles of Medieval art. There's really quite a bit of diversity.
Also, Medieval art general.
This is Romaneque style (currently being revived in some Western Orthodox parishes)
Don't know what this style is called, but I've seen some Romanian icons using it
I recently came across this, thought it was really interesting how it imitates medieval style
That's a Coptic icon, all their icons are in that style.
Here's some Coptic medieval.
contemporary Coptic icon
This isn't Medieval, it's contemporary French Orthodox, but I really like it.
The style was intentional. For instance, this is a 6th Century Byzantine icon, which as you can see is a more sophisticated style. People could do it, but did not because it generally detracted from the point of the art (in this case, it really added to it, because the duality of Christ is conveyed strikingly).
With The Canterbury Tales for more fun.
>The Mozarabic Rite, also called the Visigothic Rite or Hispanic Rite, is a form of Christian worship within the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church, the Western Rite liturgical family of the Orthodox Church and in the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church.
There is some singing inbetweens, like in the second link.
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Did all 12 tribes have followers of Jesus spring from them, or is it just romantic thinking? This art is arguably later than medieval.
I see your doxology and I raise you Byzantium.
Now we may both sit among the rubble.
Go see the conquered Greeks for your pottery shard.
No, it's Coptic (II just confirmed with a search). Greek Orthodox is Byzantine style, which looks like pic related.
Coptics very frequently use Arabic just like Greek Orthodox in America frequently use English.
Abuna Yemata Church in Ethiopia
I have the National Geographic issue where this picture is from.
Ethopian Orthodox are pretty interesting though. They were Jewish Ethiopians who converted to Christianity, so they still circumcise and keep kosher. They have the largest Biblical canon of any Church (81 books).
Exterior. So pretty. I have to visit for mass one day.