Byzantine. The Byzantine art is the art of the Byzantine Empire, centered in Constantinople (now Istanbul). It was centered around the Orthodox church, in the painting of icons and the decoration of churches with frescoes and mosaics. The Byzantine style basically ended with the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453, during the European Renaissance era. However, its influence continued in Russia and elsewhere where the Orthodox church held influence.

Related Term: Painting Art Styles and Schools.

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