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Dean Riley

I feel that during this era, “art” has taken a step backwards and has become more of a way to communicate an idea between a group of people rather than a form of expression. In earlier times, rulers used art to elevate themselves to a higher level with the gods. I feel that during the Byzantine times, the art was used to spread the message of the church and was less about conveying realism in the artwork. Because the artists had to show their subject in a pious manner, realism was not as important.