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Music 2313 Byzantines Muslims and Europeans No topic has influenced art or the world in general more than religion Theology the study of the nature of god and religious truth has an important impact on art Excellent groups to juxtapose in order to prove this are The Byzantine the Muslims and Middle age Europeans In the case of the Byzantine art was treated almost as if it was sacred in and of itself Artists painted scenes with religious significance The characters were dressed in immaculate garbs but were simple and static themselves This fact shows how the Byzantine viewed themselves as humble and insignificant when compared to god To further emphasize this point they rarely singed or dated their work While this makes historians work more difficult it does point out the religious views of the artists Another style of Byzantine art was the hieratic style identified by its intent To inspire meditation and reverence The Byzantine were less concerned with enjoyment then with inspiring further religious devotion Human and Animal figures are supposed to be banned from the art of the Muslims but truth be told it was only restricted in order for religious fervor to not fall The work of the Muslims gave an oriental flare to the religious ideals they had Some of their painting looked like Asian storyboards telling the story of Muhammads rise into heaven Sculpture of the Muslims also reflected their oriental influences without neglecting the religiousness of their other artwork In architecture the Muslims made their most significant contributions The churches and chapels of the Muslims were elaborate and detailed The dome of Rock in Jerusalem was shaped like an octagon and designed to be special not just an ordinary mosque The site of this dome is believed to be of special religious significance to the Muslims It is said to be the place where Adam is entombed and Abraham ascended to heaven Other religious influences
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