Did artists in Greece and central/western Asia influence art during the Middle Ages? Like say if one new art technique or style was being developed in Greece, would it have been shared with artists in Italy or did both regions evolve independently?
Greece and Central/Western Asia (aka Asia Minor and Middle East) formed the heart of Byzantium, the eastern Roman Empire and a major empire in its own right during the Middle Ages.
Artists in Europe were certainly indebted to Byzantine visual culture. This comparison should help make the point (ie an Italian illuminator inspired by the composition in a Byzantine manuscript).
It isn’t hard to understand why Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, is one of the most popular deities in Himalayan Buddhism. His eleven-headed and “thousand-armed” form represents the countless ways in which he can assist all beings.
This small jar would have been handy beside the stove for holding salt or sesame seed. It was shaped on the potter’s wheel. The dark clay body, with its upper half dipped into white slip, is characteristic of pots made at the Kyeryongsan kilns.