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Aubri Stogsdill
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There is a significant shift in the way that art is made within the Byzantine Empire compared to what we find in Roman art. I think a big reason for this is the shift away from a humanistic worldview. As the Christian religion spread, peoples’ values shifted. The goal of the art was no longer to glorify humans. It was instead used to make humans consider God and spiritual things rather than just the natural. Also, there was somewhat of a shift in that the people that were depicted were painted in such a way that they were recognizable, but the artists wanted to portray them as spiritual authorities, rather than just idealized human beings. They also didn’t what ‘heavenly’ things to be seen the same as earthly things. Making more whimsical art that portrayed values and spirituality rather than realism was more important during the Byzantine Empire.