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Mark Whittow

Mark Whittow is a fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford and the author of The Making of Orthodox Byzantium, 600-1025.

At the Royal Academy: Byzantium

Mark Whittow, 4 December 2008

The first thing you see in the Byzantium 330-1453 exhibition at the Royal Academy (until 22 March 2009) is one of the last of the objects on display to have been made, a huge 13th or 14th-century chandelier that brilliantly conjures up a sense of an ecclesiastical space. The room full of ivories, rich manuscripts and precious vessels, on the other hand, makes you feel as if you’ve been...

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