Within the framework of Cyprus’ Presidency of the European Union, President Demetris Christofias inaugurated an exhibition at the Louvre in Paris on Medieval Cyprus which showcases objects dating from the island’s Early Christian period until the end of the Venetian period, with exhibits from a large number of both Cypriot and French museums.
The Louvre, in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities, has put the event together until the title, Cyprus Between Byzantium and the West, 4th – 16th Centuries. Some 150 Icons, manuscripts, sculptures, architectural fragments, silverware and ceramics recount the contrasting artistic history of the island.
From the 4th Century – the first Byzantine Century marked by the triumph of the new Christian religion throughout the Roman Empire – until the conquest of the island by the Turks in 1571, as new forms of art flourished in Cyprus. The exhibition will be held from Oct. 26 this year until Jan. 28, 2013.