This story of Byzantine revival
is quite extraordinary.
This was the vision of John Francis Bentley for Westminster Cathedral, the great church he had designed for London and the supreme masterpiece of the late-Victorian Byzantine Revival
--although Bentley never saw any mosaics fixed before his death in 1902.
Phaidon Press sent the Prairie Schooner a paperback copy of Byzantium Rediscovered for review, suggesting that it could "be used as a catalyst for a local spotlight" because its final focus is on the Nebraska State Capitol, where architect Bertram Goodhue and mosaicist Hildreth Meiere employed the style and materials of the Byzantine revival
that had spread throughout Europe in the hundred years preceding.
Byzantium Rediscovered: The Byzantine Revival
in Europe and America (Phaidon, 45 [pounds sterling]) looks at the impact of this great empire on European and American politics, religion and the arts.