The Byzantines, who also produced fine illuminated manuscripts and murals, were primarily devoted to mosaic (see Mosaic).Indeed, the Byzantine culture is unique in history for elevating mosaic to its leading form of visual art.The term "illuminated" springs from the gleaming effect of gold leaf, which was often applied to the pages along with ink and paint.Though medieval Western artists also painted murals (in the same styles as manuscript illumination), few have weathered the centuries.Large surfaces were graced with biblical figures, while narrow spaces were adorned with intricate patterns.
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Indeed, how could he hand her over even if she were not his wife?! Achashverosh's representatives went from door to door kidnapping every pretty girl, single or otherwise.
Needless to say, Esther was hidden, but the king's guards found her.
During its medieval phase, the Eastern Roman Empire is known as the Byzantine Empire.
The foremost medium of medieval painting in Western Europe is illumination (manuscript illustration).Esther refused to apply makeup or perfume in the hope that the king would find her unattractive and would send her home - but to no avail.