Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium | Level 3

  • Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Byzantium
    Exceptional objects in the gallery illustrate the interwoven influences from many different cultures and highlight the continuing legacy of Byzantium.
  • One of the ROM's most significant recent acquisitions is a rare 1st century AD ciborium (altar canopy).
    One of the ROM's most significant recent acquisitions is a rare ciborium (altar canopy) that may have once stood over the altar of a Byzantine church in around AD 500 or 600.
  • Belt buckle, (cast gold), Byzantine, 7th century.
    Ornate jewellery and church frescoes are showcased, such as this 7th century gold belt buckle.
  • Orthodox Byzantine icons.
    Icons, devotional images of a deity, holy person or sacred event, were extremely popular in Byzantium. Orthodox icons in the Byzantine style continue to be produced to this day.
  • Reliquary casket, (silver), Byzantine, 6th century AD.
    Orthodox Christianity was central to Byzantium's culture and artistic traditions. This silver reliquary casket dates from AD 500 – 600.

When Istanbul was Constantinople. 

The dedication of Constantinople (now Istanbul) by the Emperor Constantine I in AD 330 began a new phase in the history of the Roman Empire. Power gradually shifted towards the eastern Mediterranean, and a new empire emerged. The people of this empire thought of themselves as Roman, but later historians have called it the Byzantine Empire – named after Byzantion, the original town at Constantinople. The Byzantine Empire was crucial for the early history of eastern Christianity. It was here that the Orthodox Church was founded and continues to flourish to this day.   This gallery encompasses the centuries from the dedication of Constantinople, through the fall of the classical Roman empire and the Medieval Crusades, to its final conquest by the Ottoman Turks. The exceptional objects on display illustrate the interwoven influences from many different cultures and highlight the continuing legacy of Byzantium. 

About the Gallery

What?

Over 230 artifacts in themed displays that include State and Church, Pilgrimage, the Orthodox Church, Jewellery, Glass work, Coins, Imagery, and Trade and Commerce. 

Where?

The Mediterranean and the Middle East centred on Constantinople, present-day Istanbul in Turkey. 

When?

AD 330 – 1453

ROM Staff

Dr. Deepali Dewan, 2013. Photo Thy Phu.

Curatorship of South Asian Visual Culture (Senior Curator)

Bill Pratt

Collection Technician (Egypt and West Asia)

Authored by: Noman Siddiqui