After the fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks in 1453, many Greek artists had to emigrate to find work in other countries. Some artists, such as the painter known as El Greco, went to Spain; while many others settled in northern Italy (particularly in Venice). Over many decades a culture developed in Venice which reflected both Byzantium and Italy, and the Orthodox and the Latin Churches. The cross which we shall examine is a fine example of how this blending of cultures was made manifest in an object meant for private devotional use.
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