The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition

For serving as a sponsor of the exhibition Byzantium: Faith and Power (1261 - 1557). The exhibition brought together more than 350 masterpieces of Byzantine art from some 30 nations, including Greece, Egypt, France, Italy, Russia and Turkey. These works, some seen rarely and others never shown outside the churches and monasteries that have preserved them through succeeding centuries, are among those countries’ most cherished artistic treasures.

The exhibition included frescoes, textiles and monumental liturgical objects from throughout the world of Byzantium, as well as major works from European and Islamic traditions. In addition, 40 icons from the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai joined others now dispersed in leading museums across the world, resulting in a display of icons of the Late Byzantine era.

The exhibition began with the joyous celebration of the restoration of imperial rule in Constantinople in 1261. Ιt concluded with the year 1557, when the "Basilea ton Rhomaion," as its citizens knew it, was first called "Byzantium," for during that period the Ottoman Turks, Russia, and other western states sought to inherit the mantle of the New Rome, Constantinople, by adapting its art and culture.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Founded in 1870, the Museum is visited by nearly six million people each year.